Photos: Virus sculptures from computer waste




The shape of this sculpture, made of floppy discs and disc drives, is influenced by several biological viruses. The head, tail and long tail fibres are like a T4 Bacteriophage. It has fibres radiating from the 12 vertices of its icosahedral capsid like that of an Adenovirus 36, says McCluer. Frames from 30 floppy drives cover the outer shell of this sculpture, cables from power supplies are located deep in the inner capsule which is covered with the silver hubs from floppy discs. Thin magnetic discs from hundreds of floppy discs cover the tubes coming from 12 vertices.


Computer Weekly has covered the devastating human impact of toxic technology waste, but sculptor Forrest McCluer has found a way of using computer parts creatively.

The self-replication characteristic of biological viruses led security researcher Fred Cohen to coin the term "computer virus" but McCluer brings a new twist to the term by constructing 3D representations of biological viruses using old computer parts.

McCluer's project to deconstruct 30 discarded PCs and create a variety of sculptures from all their parts is documented on his website.

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