Obsolete tech transformed into art

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January 15, 2013
Obsolete tech transformed into art.

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So the next time you’re about to toss those DVD-RWs or an outdated smart phone, think again — you may be holding the beginnings of an aesthetic wonder, and the makings of a green resolution.













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

Stacey Kole

Stacey Kole is a freelance writer and former magazine editor. When she‚Äôs not crafting copy or chasing after her two little boys, Stacey can be found drinking coffee, tea, or anything else with caffeine. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter.

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