We’ve become a society dependent on electronics and through that dependency, we have created a mountain of e-waste. E-waste is pretty much all of the electronics we dispose of that are no longer useful to us. Some do the right thing and recycle these materials properly, others simply dump it along with the other garbage. Photographer Von Wong wanted to stir up the e-waste conversation by turning 4,100lbs of it into works of art. He collaborated with Dell on the project who runs an extensive recycling program.
Every single day, 142,000 computers are thrown away in the United States
At least, that was the case in 2010. Electronic waste is the fastest growing municipal waste stream in the world. Today, that number is far higher and the only way to alleviate the situation is getting people to talk more about it.
At SXSW in 2017, I learned that Dell had the world’s largest global recycling program. They were hosting a series of impact-focused sessions to talk about how artists and individuals were collaborating with them to help reduce waste and encourage recycling.
Check out the four videos below to see how Von Wong made four distinct works of art and photos from electronic waste.
Dell found a way, called the “Closed Loop Recycling Process“, where they developed the ability to salvage plastics and gold from old electronics to be recycled into new computer parts – essentially using the past to power the future. I decided to use that as a starting point.
That’s some pretty amazing work and hopefully, Von Wong and Dell will stir up the conversation about e-waste. Be sure to hit the link below to check out more of the amazing images Von Wong captured.Source: Von Wong