Gallery: WasteLandscape: 65,000 Discarded CDs Form a Sea Of Metallic Du...

Made from petroleum, the plastic discs practically never decompose.

WasteLandscape is an artificial landscape of hilly features blanketed with a sea of CDs. The 65,000 CDs were collected, sorted and then sewn together by hand to create an undulating and reflective surface, which was then draped over the hills. CDs were designed to serve as storage media, however their fragile nature and limited storage capacity have led them to be often forgotten about and condemned to a long life as waste in dumps. Made from petroleum, the plastic discs practically never decompose.

Now at least some of those CDs have a second life in this traveling art installation, which made its debut at the Halle d’Aubervilliers where it will stay until September 10th before moving on to the next location. The Halle was chosen because of its large skylight, which floods the space with lots of natural daylight and really makes the CDs shine. Each time the installation is created, the reflecting slick of CDs will be laid out in a sea of metallic dunes. The end result is soothing, but was born from disorder. At the end of the installation’s tour, all of the CDs will be recycled into polycarbonate.

+ Elise Morin

Via Designboom

Images ©Marc Sirvin, Martin Eliard and Yannick Fradin

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  1. msyin August 4, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Glad to know that it will be recycled afterwards, though this is a wonderful example of repurposing a material after it’s initial use. More forward thinking by designers, manufacturers, buyers and society will make the circle of cradle to grave a built in process in every part of our life. At least that is what I would like to see.

    It was beautiful as well.

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