Beautiful Tech Afterlife: Inspirations For Obsolete Tech

Beautiful Tech Afterlife: Inspirations For Obsolete Tech

Eric Chen
Nov 16, 2011

If you're reading Unplggd, chances are you're always updated to the newest and most advanced technology on the market. This also means that you probably have a stockpile of old technology laying around. Perhaps it's time to practice some of our suggestions on slowing down your upgrade cycle. Or we've featured ways you could recycle your old tech into works of art. If you're in need of ideas, we've found five real art work made from obsolete tech that will inspire you to create your own tech art.

World by Susan Stockwell. This piece features recycled computer parts built to resemble a map of the world. It features mostly the innards of a computer including motherboards, wirings, fans and various other components. We love the large scale of the project yet how intricate the details are. Stockwell also did many other pieces using recycled computer parts, check out them out here and here. We picked the World because it could be scaled and could actually fit in your home!

Posters for Companhia Athletica Gyms by Murilo Melo. Made as an ad campaign for a gym in Brazil, Melo created a series of posters featuring human figures engaging in exercise. The shapes and types on the posters are all made of old parts sourced from computers, television and even gaming consoles. The posters signifies a disassembling of "couch potato" products and transforming them into acts of movements. We spied a hip made from a PlayStation controller. Check out how they put it all together here.

Through The Barricade by L017. The creative duo of Angelo Bramanti and Giuseppe Siracusa, utilized old vinyls to create a sculpture showing a human face coming through the record in five different phases. We like that the vinyle detail is carried to to frame of the artwork, where the artists used the vinyle to hold the frame together. The duo focuses on the use of recycled material in creating their artwork, be sure to check them out!

Ghost in the Machine Series by Erika Iris Simmons. We've features works from this series before, but we're so impressed we'd love to bring it up again. Through her background in paper art, Simmons cleverly uses cassette or film reels to create portraits of iconic celebrity figures. Unlike the previous artwork we features, which you'll likely find in a museum rather than your own home, Erika sells prints of her work on Etsy. Be sure to check out her other pieces on her Flickr stream.

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