Just because, a time bomb set to explode in 300 years

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Diego Trujillo's conceptual art piece "300 Year Time Bomb" isn't designed as a preemptive salvo in the inevitable war against Earth's ascendant ape god-tyrants. No, it's built to explore the human propensity to venerate the ancient and tease out our modern fixation with timers and countdowns. As Trujillo explains:

In the scenario, a time bomb is set to explode in 300 years time. The bomb's timer displays the years in seconds making us question what meaning such a large number holds and changing our dramatic relationship with countdown timers.

The explosive is found 100 years after it is initiated, by this time it has acquired a historical importance. Thus, it is put on display in an blast proof building. Several generations await for the moment when it finally goes boom in this controlled and safe environment. Time and efficient electronics make the nature of the explosive change from an immediate threat to an spectacular display.

Trujillo — who was inspired by action cinema like the Last Action Hero for this project — has yet to build a working prototype but imagines it will rely on long-simmering, energy-efficient LEDS. There's something delightfully ridiculous about future generations congregating in hushed tones around a centuries-old detonation silo, pensively waiting for an extremely hazardous relic to blow the hell up. In other words, imagine if the Liberty Bell was rigged to explode in 2076 (or 2052, for those sticklers who wish to go with date of casting).

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