Regular advancements in computer technology are welcomed by all. However, these same advancements entail some not so pleasant consequences as well. They create an all-new problem for the environmentalists to think about. Right not our planet is buckling under the pressure of billions of tonnes of non-biodegradable junk. Nevertheless, we mercilessly keep on adding to it. A large part of this waste consists of trashed electronics, which are not only non-biodegradable but toxic too. But since the landfills stay miles away from our homes, we generally don’t notice all that. However, there are a countless artist who take our attention to this very discarded trash by creating art out of it. Here’s a list of ten most stunning artworks created from recycled computer parts, which would, otherwise, have bedecked a landfill for sure.
1. Motorcycle made of recycled computer parts and VCR’s:
A futuristic art creation by Alex Andeomeda, this 11″ x 6″ x 4″ piece will never hit the actual road. This fact, however, hardly dilutes the dexterity of the smart innovation that has gone into its making. Made entirely from recycled VCR and computer components, this machine is powered by a DC engine for its demo runs. This designer bike may never win a road race but it’ll surely win the hearts of millions.
2. Wire-rimmed recycled CD clock:
This masterpiece, tagged at $30, is created with a CD and a recycled slice of computer motherboard placed on its silver side. Imagine a piece of art made from discarded material that’s both, amazing and affordable. An ideal home collection that’s also one of the best ways to go green.
3. Sneakers made from recycled computer chips:
Gifted junk-metal artist Gabriel Dishaw has made this unique fashion statement. He’s designed these cool sneakers by gluing together discarded computer and typewriter pieces with the help of metal bending techniques. Well, you won’t really like to actually wear them, given the 15 pounds of weight and the possible skin hazards of metal wear. Nevertheless, they make a stunning visual impact.
4. Recycled computer chairs:
This eco-friendly series of chairs made from recycled computer parts is the brainchild of BRC studio. Aptly named “Binary chairs”, the story of their birth is both amazing and amusing. An outdated industrial printer was dissembled, riveted and bent to the chair form. A collage of motherboards, computer chips, LCD screens and hard drive disks, screwed together, covered the chair surface. What’s more, the chair is interactive with spinning hard drive disks, press-button telephone keys and adjustable antennae. One of the chairs, The Binary Chair 01, bears a glass panel tucked under the back seat cushion that reveals the internal makeup of the amazing chair.
5. Weird Motherboard PC Mod to decode satellite signals:
Frank Fitzmaurice has made this unique PC cabinet solely using battered motherboards that were first cleaned with a putty knife to make a shell. Designed as a 16.25″ tower to decode satellite signals, it has a hard drive at the center. The functionality ensures that the underneath air is sucked in and thrown out from the tower’s top. More important, the CPU fan has been designed to prevent air flow conflicts. When you see all those costly and flashy alternatives in the market, this recycled creation is undoubtedly a class apart.
6. Spaceship Lamp made of recycled computers:
This is one of Alex Andromeda’s spell bounding creations – a ceiling lamp made from used hard drive cases. Called the “Spaceship Sirius”, this is one of his series of creations that blend the mythical old with the futuristic new. Before the ceiling lamp, the maverick artist has used recycled computer parts to create such beauties as lamps, sculptures, eyeglasses, and ancient Inca symbols.
7. Sci-fi masks made out of recycled computer parts:
Creative recycling can indeed work wonders! These masks can easily pass for fancy costumes specifically made for Sci-Fi movies. But, in reality, seemingly useless electric scrap materials and computer parts have gone into their making. Given their life-like appearance, they are ideal for theatrical and film projects alike; more so, of the science fiction genre. Each mask is alluring in its own sweet way and will delight viewers of all ages and sensibilities.
8. Recycled computer parts as stop-motion cyber animals:
Ann Smith’s recycling creativity knows no bounds. She specializes in converting dumped electronics and appliances into life-like, cyber toy animals. She observes that few raw materials are more handy than others in the recycling mission. The sewing machine, she finds, is the hardest nut to crack as its countless tiny metals and gears are tempting no doubt, but hard to break down. Smith also creates Eadweard Muybridgestyle clips by filming the stop-motion footage of her toy cyber animals. Her best works are on display at Massachusetts’s DeCordova Museum and the Brooklyn-based Cog & Pearl boutique.
9. Interesting Computer Board Table glows with LED lights:
All first things, like first love, seem priceless to us. Whether first car, cell phone or bike, one just can’t get the prized possession out of memory, even if one may have discarded it for good. GuyIn Milwaukee found out an innovative solution to his emotional quandary. As technology progressed by leaps and bounds, his first computer became redundant, yet he could not part ways with the old piece. So he transformed the ancient machine of the late 80s into a stunning table intentionally christened as The Computer Board Table. Now, his beloved computer’s with him for life; what if only in table form. He’s truly turned the tables on his predicament!
10. A snake the mice love
This viper may scare you for a while but never bite you ever. Using the keys of discarded computer keyboards, Korean painter Choi Jung Hyun has astutely used recycled stuff to create a snake sculpture for the sheer amusement of kids of all ages – from 9 to 90. Awesome work indeed!
The rate at which computer technology is being improved has also increased the rate at which old computers and peripherals are discarded. Once discarded these items find a place in landfills and since they’re made from toxic materials, they provide a risk to underground water sources. Moreover, the plastic base of these devices take thousands of years to decompose, during which they continually degrade the quality of the environment. The best bet at the moment is to find out ways to recycle all this e-waste into productive items, that can be re-used over a period of time.