Alan Sailer created this series of shots by filling various Christmas ornaments with festive items (sprinkles, Play Dough, the usual "looks good exploding stuff") and then firing a pellet rifle at them. Check out more in the gallery below and the via link for more of his work.
At the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar this week, Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang put on his largest "explosion event" of the last three years, utilizing microchip-controlled explosives to form incredible designs and patterns. The video we've embedded of the event is an impressive testament to how a volatile black powder explosion can be controlled and shaped by computer.
Each set of explosions was calculated to paint a different picture. One series of explosions created black smoke clouds that looked like "drops of ink splattered across the sky."