Jackson Pollock had his paint splatters. Auguste Rodin had his bronzes. Todd Johnson has a 5-million-volt particle accelerator.
Johnson creates works of art by sending pieces of acrylic through a bombardment of electron beams. The electrons get trapped inside.
A tap with a sharp, insulated tool sets them free, and they melt elaborate branching patterns into the acrylic slabs. These lightning displays are known as Lichtenberg figures.
Add some LED edge lighting to illuminate the threads and you get Shockfossils, wild fractal art that will appease both your aesthetic and geek sensibilities.
Careful application of lead shielding can guide the electrons into shapes. Johnson has created a butterfly, a dragonfly, and a tree, among others. He's open to purchasing inquiries, but doesn't list prices.
The video below will take you behind the scenes of the creation. Any chance we'll see some of this art from the trillions of volts the Large Hadron Collider can generate? That would be pretty sweet.
(Via Luxury Launches)