Photos: Virus sculptures from computer waste

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The sculpture is a representation of the Mammalian Orthovirus. This biological virus is another virus that has an icosahedral shape, but with distinct modules. This sculpture is made from 32 magnetic discs from floppy drives.

 

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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