Matthew Smith

Atom Smasher

Medium/Materials: Sterling silver, copper, brass, laminate, glass, resin, paper, steel, nail polish

Dimensions:  4 x 3 x .5 inches

Photographer: Matthew Smith

Artist Statement: 

A cross between a vintage penny-arcade game and a 1940’s era scientific apparatus, the Atom Smasher brooch features an atomic bubble chamber suspended from a control unit. As the wearer moves, the sub-atomic particles glide along a circuitous path within the bubble chamber. Once the atomic collisions are over, the wearer can reset the apparatus by rotating the chamber 180 degrees, which will restart the kinetic process. The control panel features a rotating power dial, glass laser tubes, and an enigmatic red button. NEVER press the red button.