- 10:00 am - Wed, May 15, 2013
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Many of us have all but ditched physical media like CDs and records.
But that doesn’t mean your physical media can’t be repurposed, as this creative San Francisco resident, captured by writer and editor (and Wired Angry Nerd) Chris Baker on Instagram, shows.
In addition to potentially revealing the owner’s musical tastes, it looks like the CDs also double as reflectors for added visibility.
- 12:03 pm - Wed, Oct 10, 2012
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65,000 “retired” CDs upcycled into art:
Set along the landscape of Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Monro recently completed a solo show in which he covered the 23 acres of the Gardens with a handful of complicated light designs. Using CDs as the basis for this particular piece, Monro recycled more than 65,000 discs to form these contemporary Waterlilies in Bloom. The piece greets visitors with a metallic glow as it pays homage to Longwood’s iconic water lilies. The many retired audio discs float along the Large Lake during the day, reflecting brilliant flashes of sunlight in a rainbow of colors.
(via Recycled CDs Make Waterlilies — Juxtapoz.com)
More work by Bruce Munro featured previously on Unconsumption here, and more repurposing of CDs here.
(Yes, same artist. In the above text, quoted from Juxtapoz magazine’s site, Munro’s referred to as “Monro.”)
Side note: I guess CDs sitting in water for four months didn’t harm the water quality on Longwood’s grounds?!
- 9:26 am - Fri, Aug 5, 2011
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For most people, the term “waste landscape” may evoke images of desolate industrial zones, toxic sewage leaks, or Phish concerts. But architect Clémence Eliard and artist Elise Morin took a slightly more digital approach to the concept, constructing their undulating Waste Landscape installation from 65,000 unsold (and unwanted) CDs.
To do this, the pair sewed the discs together by hand, before blanketing them over dune-like wire constructions inside the Centquatre — a Parisian art space that, appropriately enough, was once a funeral home. The result is an array of sloping, shimmering hills that emerge from the floor like disco ball pimples, creating a space that the artists not-so subtly compare to an oil spill. It’s a pretty sobering reminder of the environmental fingerprint archaic technologies can leave behind, but Eliard and Morin’s story has a happy ending. When the exhibit comes to a close, every single CD will be recycled into polycarbonate.
Waste Landscape installation reminds us why CDs weren’t that great (video) — Engadget
We posted about another unwanted-CDs art project here.
- 11:55 am - Fri, Jun 25, 2010
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Wiltshire’s CD Sea
“Light artist” Bruce Munro has decorated a 10-acre field in Wiltshire (UK) with hundreds of thousands of unwanted, donated CDs. Eventually they’ll be recycled, the BBC slideshow linked above says.
More background in this story from when Munro was starting out.