Artist Michael Tompert, who’s first exhibit of Apple-inspired artwork opens today, tried to destroy an iPad by hitting it with a sledgehammer.

“I hit it with a sledgehammer about 10 times,” said Tompert at a preview of his art show, which opens today. “It did nothing. It’s incredible. It was really, really hard to destroy.”

Instead, Tompert took a blowtorch to the iPad.

“I had to blowtorch it for 15 minutes until the inside boiled and it exploded from inside,” said Tompert.

I guess I shouldn’t be as concerned about the screen as I have been.  (I have managed to scratch it, however!)  Makes me wonder how robust the aluminum bodied Macbook Air I have is…