Artists do the darndest things, including clever recycling.
SYMPHONY FOR 54 SHOES is a kinetic artwork that involves 27 pairs of shoes collected from a variety of second hand and thrift stores.
Each shoe has a toe and heel tap used in tap dancing attached to it. The shoes move or dance independently of each other. The mechanical motion of tapping is created using solenoids (tubular magnetic sensors) that move up and down when activated by a switch. Each switch, 52 in total, is controlled by a microcontroller and software that activates the sequence of the tapping of the shoes.
I am interested in the idea of tender, even pathetic, technology, to use technology for ends that are not necessarily productive in the usual sense of the word.
Ingrid Bachmann (website window takes over your screen) via Neu Black
Other recycled Art in TreeHugger:
New Museum of Arts and Design Opens With Second Lives
A Visit to "TransPlastic" by Campana Brothers
Drop: Stuart Haygarth's Take on Bottled Water, in Chandelier Form
Dutch scrap wood furniture – Piet Hein Eek