Photos: Virus sculptures from computer waste

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The shape and structure of the computer virus is directly influenced by the T4 Bacteriophage. This sculpture incorporates sections of nine-track magnetic tapes, electromagnetic driver from 3.5-inch floppy drives, PC power supply cables, and CD-Roms. The head has an icosahedron shape with 20 faces. The material inside of the head, underneath each face, represents the DNA of the virus. The face of each nodule is formed from the electromagnetic ring of a floppy drive which in turn is enveloped by a ring of snippets of nine-track tapes.

 

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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