Obsolete tech transformed into art

Of all the available New Year’s resolutions, going green in 2013 is certainly an admirable one. But if you’re not sure where to start, take a cue from British artist Nick Gentry, who specializes in recycling and reusing obsolete media — in this case, the floppy disk — to create the kind of art that’s both innovative and inspirational.

Gentry’s portraits are the result of strategically placed disks and oil paint over a large wood surface. Through this artistic repurposing, he not only succeeds in utilizing an unusual medium to achieve a desired visual effect, but also makes a social statement: namely, that while technology is evolving at breakneck speed, its remnants still hold use and value.

So the next time you’re about to toss those DVD-RWs or an outdated smart phone, think again — you may be holding the beginnings of an aesthetic wonder, and the makings of a green resolution.

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What uses have you found for obsolete technology? Do you still have any floppies? Let us know in the comments.

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  • jaystrab

    I don’t see any AOL disks

  • suruha

    How cool! We did a ‘study’ of Nick Gentry’s art in a group I was in. I collected all the discs I could find (images), extracted and ‘cleaned’ them up and used them. It turned out cool! Here it is, in 600px size, if you are interested.

    Thanks for an awesome article!

    Su

  • http://www.toptechbytes.com/ rabbi from TopTechBytes

    wow man the images are really impressive

  • Michael

    Hey I have a few boxes of those laying around. Mine do not look as cool though!