Contemporary Indian Artist Recycles E-Waste Into Amazing Works of Art
A firm believer in zero waste, Vishwanath Mallabadi has been upcycling e-waste into artworks to reinforce environmental awareness
We all use electronics in our daily life, but rarely stop to ponder where it all goes at the end of life. Unfortunately, most of it ends up in landfills, fueling the environmental crisis. However, Bangalore-based eco-artist, Vishwanath Mallabadi Davangere has made this e-waste his subject of art. He has been recycling e-waste into amazing works of art with various themes that refocus the attention on a specially pressing environmental issue.
These artworks help the viewers forge a connection between art, technology, and sustainability to help them realize the error in modern ways. Mallabadi wishes to bring attention to technology’s impact on the environment.
While advances in technology are making human life more manageable, on one hand, waste material from the industry is polluting water, food, air, and land, having unprecedented and irreversible repercussions for all living beings, including humans. However, people like Mallabadi are constantly trying to spread awareness about concerning issues through their work.
He prevents the ever-generating e-waste from ending up in landfills, removing it from the waste stream and incorporating it into his work. His aim is to engage people in a conversation about the ecological and social responsibilities thwarted by such relentless waste production and lead toward a greener and brighter future.
He has managed to turn useless motherboards, CPUs, EPROMs, SMD Radial Capacitors, Laptop LED display boards, PCB boards, etc. into beautiful objects like clocks, and wall hangings, dummy robots, sculptures, and so on. Vishwanath has been religiously working on his passion, eco-art, for the past many years and has hundreds of such objects to show his passion for safeguarding the environment. He even recreated Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” made using resistors. Here are some of his inspiring recycled art works.