Much like the floppy disk, the CD is on its way out. MP3s and their players, bless them, blew CDs out of the water when they gave us the ability to have our entire song collection on hand at once. Memory cards and USB sticks eliminated that awkward stage where CDs replaced the aforementioned floppy. There are teenagers alive who have never had to deal with these old relics physically. The floppy disk is just a little icon, the ‘save’ button on a word processor. Sean Avery, however, turns the CD into something more--by destroying it.
It’s not often that recycled art stuns, but Avery’s pieces are out of this world. He calls his work sustainable art. Sustainable art, like environmental art, emphasizes a need to give back and to make the most of what we have instead of creating more waste. Sean Avery breathes new life into outdated technology. His elablorate sculptures that gleam in the sun are even created in a lo-tech way: simple hot glue, wire frames, and a lot of patience go into each of his pieces. Interestingly enough, his subjects most often seem to be animals. He finds something living and breathing within and literally makes it shine. Scales, feathers, and fur are all created with shaped CD fragments.
Color is a huge aspect of his work. Avery meticulously creates, shapes, and picks the CD fragments that go into the bodies of his pieces. His creations are not just a flurry of reflected light, but have an intricate pattern viewers could stare at forever. To get an idea of what it's like to experience his work, check out the gallery below, which features some of his coolest sculptures.