A lot of us tend to throw away old computers. However, these old, used computers can be repurposed in a number of useful ways. Consider these really artistic sculptures that have been made of nothing but recycled keyboards. At first glance, you would hardly be able to figure out that nothing but the keys of old keyboards have been used to create them.
Hedonsm (y) Trojaner Horse Sculpture
The brainchild of a German artist Babis Cloud, the Hedonsm (y) Trojaner is a horse sculpture made entirely of the recycled keys of old computer keyboards. Inspired from both the Greek mythological horse and the Trojan virus, the horse has been created from over 18000 different keys. Meticulous attention to detail has been given to the design, including even the horse’s tail, which is made out of reclaimed computer cables.
Viper Snake Sculpture
Consider this really impressive sculpture of a viper snake that has been created from old recycled keyboards. Designed by Korea based artist Choi Jung Hyun, the extremely realistic snake looks just like it could very well become a part of the next ‘Transformers’ series.
Anti-Social Skull Sculpture
Designed by Maurice Mbikayi from South Africa, the Anti-Social Skull Sculpture features a really impressive looking skull that has been made out of the old keys of a repurposed keyboard. Why the designer decided to call this an ‘anti-social’ design is beyond our imagination.
Wolfang Keyboard Bench Sculpture
Made out of over 2000 reused keys from old computer keyboards, the Wolfang Keyboard Bench owes its unique design to creator Nolan Herbut. In addition to its creative design, another highlight of the bench is the action of the keys that the designer chose to keep intact. As a result, the keys actually move when you sit on them or press them.
Artist Jean Shin’s creative solution for old keyboards involves a one of a kind interactive sculpture called the TEXTile. Featuring over 22525 reused keys, the sculpture consists of a 20 foot continuous textile into which these keys are embedded. Another highlight of this already fascinating design is that they keys have been arranged in a way to display the artist’s email correspondence with fabricators and suppliers via a line-by-line transcript. If that is not enough, then the fact that Chin has created an active keyboard from the first three rows of the sculpture. This means that as a viewer, you can simply type in your thoughts and seem them projected on the other end of the fabric on a real time basis.
Space Shuttle Sculpture
Another creative sculpture made out of reused keys from a keyboard, the space shuttle sculpture by designer Doug Powell is made out of over 5900 keys. The unique space shuttle mosaic took over 190 hours to complete and is a masterpiece in itself.
Marilyn Monroe Keysketch
Christopher Cobell from SketchkeysArtisty uses old keycaps salvaged from old laptops to create uniquemasterpieces that simply blow your mind away. Each of these handmade sculptures features thousands of keycaps that are glued to a black foam backdrop. The foam also acts as a suitable frame for these artistic sculptures. Take for instance, the impressive Marilyn Monroe Keysketch which Cobell made from over 2255 natural laptop keys. Definitely a sunning addition to your home décor we would say.
‘Dog Walking’ Sculpture
Media artist Andy Avalar is the brainchild behind a series of highly creative sculptures that resemble individuals and the activities they do on a daily basis. Handmade out of reused keyboard letters, these sculptures take on many interesting forms, including marriage celebrations, entertainment and even a man walking his dog. The dog walking sculpture in particular, is quite fascinating to look at. Featuring what looks like a man and his dog, the sculpture is made entirely of used keys. A RAM cord makes up for the man’s dress while a bunch of wires (probably the ones from the power outlet) make up the leash for the dog.
Typographic Wall Calendar
This creative masterpiece features a calendar that has been made entirely of old keyboard letters. The highlight of the design however, is that it contains exactly the same number of keys as the year after which the calendar has been designed (for instance, 2013 keys for the year 2013).
Why throw out your old keyboard when you can reuse it for so many purposes? Take a cue from these inspiring keyboard sculptures and make one of your own with your old keyboard.