Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View is the restored three-dimensional volume and contents of a garden shed exploded by the British Army at the request of the artist Cornelia Parker. The surviving fragments have been used by Parker to create an installation suspended from the ceiling as if captured and held mid-explosion. Lit by a single lightbulb the fragments cast dramatic shadows on the gallery’s walls.

The way the sculpture was made is a significant part of its meaning as an artwork. This resource uses interviews with the artist and with others involved in its making, and images documenting the processes Parker used, to uncover the many layers of meaning the work contains. It has been organised into two sections:

  • The explosion explores the significance of the original shed and how Cornelia Parker went about selecting the objects to go in it, as well as how she organised blowing it up
  • The installation looks at the installation of the artwork in the gallery