Globally, an estimated 50 million tons of electronic-waste are produced each year. The USA alone, discards 30 million computers each year, while 100 million phones are disposed of in Europe each year. However, it is estimated that only 15-20% of e-waste is recycled, the rest of these electronics go directly into landfills. Even worse, the amount of e-waste being produced could rise by as much as 500% over the next years in some countries, such as India. Electrical waste contains hazardous but also valuable and scarce materials; up to 60 elements can be found in complex electronics.
But with a little effort a lot of creativity, at least some of that stuff can be transformed into beautiful objects of art. Display units processors, memory, and audio components could have different useful lives as jewelry, decorative items — even practical things like clocks and lamps.
These are some examples of recycled computer parts:
Old DVDs make great lamps.
Recycled pc parts F-Clock.
Maurice Mbikayi says his artwork is “primarily related with identity, history and technology seeking to interrogate socio-political boundaries.” That apparently includes making awesome skulls out of the keys from a keyboard.
K9 made from a radar detector and a body from circuit boards.
Tech Earrings bringing flash to your lobes.
Sculpture from old computers.
The art of not working at work.
Eggstra circuit boards.
This mouse clearly has a bug.
The most technology-filled lamp in the world.
Computer parts turned Architectural Sculpture by Franco Recchia.
Unique Handmade Sun Catcher.
Circuit board jewellery.
Recycled Computer Syquest Drive Clock.
Pharao’s secret. Top of sculpture is a hidden coffer with no visual clue that it opens.
The Devil Wears Intel.