The Smithsonian's "Things Come Apart" is a traveling exhibition that takes a fascinating look inside the technology we know and love.
Featuring more than 40 mesmerizing pictures by photographer Todd McLellan, the show dissects everyday tech into mosaics of gears and gizmos.
1. Laptop Computer — Component Count: 639
"This project truly began when I was a child smashing Hot Wheels cars with a hammer to find out what the interior really looked like. Fast forward to 2009 and I continued in a more elegant manner. I’ve always been curious about how things work and what they look like from the inside. I felt it necessary to carry this out through my photography.
I’ve always been curious about how things work and what they look like from the inside. I felt it necessary to carry this out through my photography. I wanted to document them in a way that would give these objects new light. Through a series of tests that resembled an ‘assembly diagram’, it failed. I then laid them out flatly and felt that inner peace.
What was most unexpected was how something that looks so simple can be so unbelievably complex on the inside."