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« on: August 07, 2011 02:34:41 PM »

'wastelandscape', an installation by elise morin and clémence eliard

created by french artist elise morin and architect clémence eliard, 'wastelandscape' overtakes the 'halle d'aubervilliers'
of paris's centquatre with an undulating landscape composed of 65,000 old CDs, sorted and hand-sewn together
into a 500-square meter surface. the piece is on exhibition at the centquatre now through september 10th.

in the artists' words:
'made of petroleum, this reflecting slick of CDs forms a still sea of metallic dunes;
the artwork's monumental scale reveals the precious aspect of a small daily object.'

'wastelandscape' is planned for exhibition in multiple locations, transforming each time,
before eventually being completely recycled into polycarbonate.

It looks like dragon scales to me. Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2011 08:23:55 AM »

Wow, thats amazing!

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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2011 08:16:00 PM »

that must have been quite an undertaking!

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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2011 06:53:10 AM »

I thought it was really cool!  Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2011 05:24:20 PM »

That is really cool but does anyone have any actual projects with their old cds?
Useful things, cool things? Nothing too cheesy or silly.

Sorry to change the topic but this made me realize that my house has hundreds of un-used cds that probably don't work. Now I want to do something awesome with them!
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« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2011 07:22:45 AM »

Dang! Poster before me (I forgot your user name by the time I got to the compose window)... I've seen a number of alternate uses online. You can use 2 of them (plus other supplies) to make a drop spindle. Cut them and turn them into things like letter holders, or hang them together for wind chimes.

I use mine as candle-holders (for the huge candles, though discovered they don't work so well if the candle breaks and pours melted wax everywhere), cup... my brain is not working today. cup holder? cup mat? Hope you know what I mean. My new and favorite thing (though I'm still working on the details) is using the CD's to make shisha mirrors for shisha embroidery. And my first experiment was machine washable. Went through the dryer fine too, but I figure machine wash gentle and hang dry would probably be best. Some CD's are fairly nice to cut (AOL), some shatter every time (Office Depot--plus the backing tends to peel off when cut). I just use scissors so far, as I haven't figured out any other way to do it. My sister said she lets her kids color all over them, though I don't know if they do anything with them after that.

Have you seen those recycled record purses? I bet you could do the same with a CD.

If this link works: here's a pic of the shisha mirror CD embroidery I did. http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/244845_08Aug11_Shawna_4.jpg


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« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2011 08:08:40 AM »

I used an old CD as the base for a market bag.  I found the pattern somewhere on the internet.

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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2011 02:29:21 PM »

OK so here are some more useful ideas of what you can do with old CDs! You Can...

Make a bag:

Make a clock:

Make a cute cupcake stand:

Make an altered art ornament:

Or cut them up and make a disco ball, use them as a base for a fun holiday scene or cute candle holder. I've heard you can heat them up and make bowls similar to record bowls too.  Grin

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« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2011 07:33:33 AM »

I also use them as shisha mirrors.  They can be very nasty to cut up but they do look pretty. I agree with Eclectic Dreamer that some CDs/DVDs are better than others.  They also have different colours too which is quite pretty.
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2011 04:59:58 PM »

After a massive cleaning spree in which several CDs were broken, I made a mosaic out of the pieces, and I absolutely love it! You could try that.
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