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Secant corp logo by Shockfossils
Secant corp logo
Illumination test of two layer logo piece for Secant Corporation.
(The red marks around the perimeter are bits of tape holding the LED strips in place temporarily.)


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Todd Johnson
Artist | Hobbyist | Other
United States
Current Residence: Illinois
Favourite genre of music: eclectic
Favourite style of art: Anything skillful and imaginative.
Favourite cartoon character: Wile E. Coyote

How This Works

These pieces are created with the help of a particle accelerator. This machine produces up to five million volts and is used to accelerate a beam of electrons. The electrons are fired at pieces of acrylic plastic and penetrate deep within the slabs, resulting in a pool of electrons trapped under tremendous electrical potential within each piece.

The trapped charge is then carefully released by applying mechanical shock with a sharp insulated tool, and the electrons escape with a bright flash and loud pop. As the charges leave the plastic, they gather into channels following fractal branching rules just like river deltas, plants, and capillaries.

Controlling the energy and placement of the electron beam determines the final shape and character of the resulting figure.

Here is a video showing the process that I usually run on a digital frame when I display these in a show:…

Shockfossils are produced in cooperation with Stoneridge Engineering:
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mymodernmet Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Hi Todd! I'm Alice, founder of an art and design site called My Modern Met. We get about 2 million visitors a month. I'd like to reach out to you to see if you might be interested in answering a few questions about your art. I can send them to you via email. Please email me at if you're interested. Thanks!
anexiareverie Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
these are very cool. do you get to use the accelerators at fermilab to make these?
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Shockfossils Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Unfortunately I can't use the accelerators at Fermilab for this, for a couple reasons. Most of them produce proton beams rather than electron beams, energies are typically too high, and also there's really no procedure to get time on them for personal use.
lilylizard Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Wow you've really morphed into some fun stuff Todd! Send Mary Lynn my's been yeeeeears since I've seen you and hope that it will not be yeeeeeeears before I see you again! Curious how this morning I happened to think of you 2 when I ran across the word Bandersnatch in a novel I am currently reading by Dean Koontz.~~~Maryjo Wiggen (Maki)
Shockfossils Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Maryjo! Wow it HAS been forever! Contact me at and we'll exchange email addresses.
AmorinaAshton Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012   Digital Artist
Totally amazing facinated by how you do this, the results are really fantastic! :clap:
AmorinaAshton Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012   Digital Artist
In fact im so facinated i posted it on my blog and site...hope you dont mind ....if you do tell me please and i will remove it :-)

Shockfossils Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Not at all. Please feel free to share. That's why it's up here. :-)
And thanks for the comments!
dirtyhamper Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
beautiful work! love it.
christophero1 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Wow. Your work is really fantastic. I particularly like One Hundred Nanoseconds. Do you have any work for sale? How do I reach you?


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