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From Broken Technology Rises Cities

That might have sounded a little over-dramatic, but it seems that such a thing has actually happened in the real world, if you took the phrase at its literal meaning. A designer has seemingly been able to recreate some rather realistic mini-sculptures of European cities out of nothing but broken computer junk. Yes, you read that right. Time to step aside, Taoyuan International Airport.

What would most users do with broken or malfunctioning computer hardware? Most typical users like us would probably just fling the offending hardware out of our bedroom windows without a second thought, while the more environmentally conscious might send theirs in for recycling or reuse them for something else.

However, this latest bit of news takes the whole’ reuse’ aspect of conservation to a totally new level. Apparently, an artist by the name of Franco Recchia had a little too much dead hardware to play with. And instead of using them to make a generic wall, he had chosen instead to do something more: by making mini-sculptures out of whole cities with them. His current works (finished) include sculptures of Central Park, Manhattan and Boston, all made out of nothing but the stuff we throw out from our PCs when they fail.

Unfortunately, these sculptures do not appear to be up for sale, but they will be exhibited at the Agora Gallery in New York City from
16 December till 7 January next year. Still, we’d bet that you never knew that you could ‘hard drive’ that much innovation and create a whole Empire (Solid) State Building by simply RAM-ming nothing but old PC junk together. We hope that the artist did not suffer from sleepless nights in the process of committing the entire cityscape’s layout to “memory”.

Source: Boing Boing, Agora Gallery

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