Disused Apple devices get a burst of new life in Monsieur Plant‘s recent project Plant your Mac! Artist Christophe Guinet, also known as Monsieur Plant, transforms products that are up to two decades old as tiny gardens exploding with greenery. Get ready to feel inspired and maybe even a little nostalgic.
Guinet unearthed Apple devices so old you probably forgot what they looked like, many of them dating back as far as 1990. When was the last time you saw a Macintosh Classic or iMac G3? Well, they make a grand new splash in Plant your Mac! art, along with a PowerBook, iMac G4, and iMac G5. Plants sprout from 1990 mouses and flourish in 1998 monitors. Papyrus, Chinese elm, tillandsias, cacti, staghorn ferns, and even Venus flytraps adorn the outmoded devices.
The project invites us to think about technology and nature in a fresh way; Monsieur Plant tagged the photos of his artwork with #disconnect and #ThinkNature. As computers are ubiquitous in homes around the world, no longer reserved solely for universities or research centers, it’s easy to spend more time in front of a screen than outside, and Plant your Mac! offers subtle encouragement to reflect on our relationship with technology.
Not only is Monsieur Plant’s art beautiful, it’s a wildly creative use of old computers, which often aren’t properly recycled and pollute the planet as e-waste. Plant your Mac! could even be seen as a simple reminder there’s a better way to dispose of old tech devices than simply chucking them in a garbage bin.
Images courtesy of Christophe Guinet – Monsieur Plant