Photos: Virus sculptures from computer waste

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Capacitor

Capacitor

The sculpture is another representation of the icosahedral-shaped common cold virus, rhinovirus type 14. This sculpture is made from capacitors taken from PC power supplies. On each of the vertices there is an inductor.

 

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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