In 1991, Cornelia Parker enlisted the British Army to blow up a garden shed for her. The Army officers discussed the various ways they could achieve the effect she was after and settled on plastic explosives.

Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View, 1991. Collection: Tate, image courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London © the artist, photograph: Hugo Glendinning.

Parker then took the blown-up fragments of everything from tools to toys...

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