Winged Insect Sculptures From Old Computer Parts And Electronics Buzz With Life
The unfortunate truth is that computer bugs aren’t something we can squish with a slipper. However, Julie Alice Chappell looks at it from a different perspective when she makes Computer Component Bugs. Such is the name of a series of sculptures made from recycled computer and electronics components. “With all their tiny components, complex circuitry and bright metallic colours I cannot help but compare them to the detailed patterns we see when we look at nature up close.” she wrote on Permaculture. Circuit boards are cut, wire is shaped, and the end result is a bug. A recycled bug, so this art is environmentally friendly.
For Julie, the environmental message is always front and center in her works: “My collection highlights the dangers of planned obsolescence and the ever-increasing amounts of e-waste in the environment. This is perpetuated by advances in technologies and our ever growing dependence on modern gadgets.” Julie’s mean of getting the materials for the sculptures reflect this fact. Her first batch of electronics came from the Beneficial Foundation (also known as “The Craft’s Bank”) in Portsmouth distributes electronic no longer wanted by companies to various art related groups. She also finds computers and electronics just discarded all over the place.
Probably has to scare some real bugs making home in old desktop towers, too.