The world is generating electronic waste by the tonnes now. Ways and methods to deal with this waste are constantly being devised. Some designers have found simple and complicated ways to convert this seemingly ugly waste into pieces of beauty. We examine 10 such bizarre creations here.
1. Floppy Disk Lamp
The floppy disk is a forgotten product and nobody would want to use a 1.44 MB storage device today. Millions of such disks are being laid waste. If you have hundreds of these multicolored disks lying around, here is an en’light’ened idea for you. Thread them all together in a simply DIY project and get yourself a beautiful and unique lamp which holds a bulb of your choice.
2. Sci-fi masks
The best thing about sci-fi is that anything can pass in the name of fiction! Using this characteristic, you can make yourself crazy-looking but unique sci-fi masks from computer parts that would otherwise form a junk heap. These masks and ingenuous in their design and kids can come alive as realistic looking aliens and robots.
3. Recycled Circuit Board Clock
A real geeky clock made from a discarded circuit board and an old CD, this clock will make an intelligent piece on your study table. The numbers on its face are all represented by many schematic and logic symbols. It is a neat way to recycle old circuit boards. Though powered by a simple circuit and a battery, it sure looks futuristic and geeky.
4. Recycled clock
The effort to go green can spawn some really crazy and weird-looking ideas too. That seems to be the motivation for this recycled clock – going green in a weird manner! A broken CD or DVD serves as the dial and a host of other discarded computer parts and accessories form the indicators for the numbers on its face.
5. Recycled computers Giant Installation
Now the idea gets crazier! There are hundreds of keyboards that are discarded everyday. The keys in these boards have been strung together in an intelligent and measured manner to arrive with a giant suit that may not exactly suit you! If you thought that was mind-boggling, you should have a look at the entire home installed from old computer parts made by the same designer. Crazy but charming we have to admit!
6. Circuit Board Car
Taking recycling electronic parts to an altogether new dimension, we have a car that has been entirely designed and constructed of discarded circuit boards. Please don’t ask anything about its sturdiness and safety but this idea is one hell of a crazy green one.
7. WEEE man
Waste has always been considered as something ugly, dirty and troublesome. Who would have thought that some day we would appreciate these wastes as fine arts? That is exactly what the WEEE man designed by the British Royal Society of Arts is. Made entirely from discarded electronic wastes, the WEEE man seeks to inspire people to reduce their wasteful tendencies and start reducing their wants and reusing resources. Weighing more than 3 tons, the WEEE man stands tall at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
8. Sculptures by the Sea
It is a known fact that a huge mass of plastic has formed an island in the Pacific ocean, choking and killing life in the waters. Pleading to save the flora and fauna from destruction by non-degradable wastes are these giant sculptures that stand tall along the Bondi to Tamarama coastline in Australia. Made as part of an annual event, the sculptures have been made by participants from over 15 countries.
9. Interfolding Signals
All sorts of electronic junk has been utilized in making this fan. From the Electric Empire Collection of Reed Easley, this fan has been constituted from old clock gears, discarded circuit boards, broken vinyl records, stainless steel springs, wasted industrial tubing and a few brass beads. A simple wire holds all these in place and converts them into a beautiful looking hand fan.
10. Typewriters’ sculpture
Jeremy Mayer is a designer who specializes in making human and animal figurines from discarded materials. This is a novel way of recycling waste into forms of art that will be treasured and cherished. An instance is this human face that has been modeled from an old and discarded typewriter. The animal and human bodies are wholly constructed from broken typewriter parts and take days to make. The end result is breath taking and an Eco-friendly art piece.