A behind-the-scenes look at the installation of the artwork

The installation starts with piles of what appear to be rubbish (the contents from the exploded shed as well as the wooden fragments of the shed itself).

Installing Cornelia Parker's Cold Dark Matter at Tate, pile of objects
Installing Cornelia Parker's Cold Dark Matter at Tate, pieces of the shed

The objects in the piles are then separated and carefully arranged on the floor according to size.  

Layout of objects for the installation of Cornelia Parker's Cold Dark Matter

Strings are attached to these objects. (Florist’s wire is used for the heavy objects, and strong cotton thread for the smaller objects). 

Installing Cornelia Parker's Cold Dark Matter at Tate

The strings are then lifted from the floor and put into position, suspended from a mesh on the ceiling put in place for that purpose.

Installing Cornelia Parker's Cold Dark Matter at Tate

Small objects are placed towards the centre and larger objects around them until finally the shattered walls of the shed are resurrected around the edges to form a boundary.

Cornelia Parker's Cold Dark Matter being installed at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle

Cornelia Parker’s Cold Dark Matter being installed at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle