In his series Apocalypsoid (2017) Julius von Bismarck documents the meticulously planned explosion and reassembly of flint and granite boulders. Prior to their detonation, the artist mapped an alphanumeric quadrant system onto each stone, dividing its surface into longitudes and latitudes so that fragments could be reassembled later. The labeled stones were analysed by a CT scanner, and the explosions filmed with a slow-motion camera. The fractured remains were subsequently X-rayed to return countless splinters to their original positions. A digital model was used to facilitate sculptural reconstructions of the process of transformation. Held together by stainless-steel struts as if floating in midair, the original comet-like shapes of the boulders remain clearly visible. Apocalypsoid was presented in Julius von Bismarck’s solo exhibition ‘Gewaltenteilung’ at Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg in 2017.