“Force Broken Heart” by student Jennifer Kuan '17 was the winning sculpture in a competition that evolved through a collaboration between OIT and the Visual Arts Department to find a good use for old computer parts
Pacific Visual Arts and OIT Collaborate on an Artistic Approach to RecyclingTalented students transform recycled computer parts into creative sculpture.
In what is quickly becoming an annual tradition, Visual Arts students in visiting professor Ilena Finocchi-Wilson's sculpture class converted a pile of computer parts from the Office of Information Technology's Recycle Bin into a visual lesson in physics. The challenge: Create a work of art that demonstrates one or more of the five physical forces: Compression, Tension, Bending, Torque and Sheer.
This is the second year professor Finocchi-Wilson's class collaborated with OIT for a creative approach to recycling old computers. OIT supplied the recycled materials and contributed to the cost of adhesives and supplies. The outcome was seven creative sculptures, including an apple, a tornado and a brain.
"OIT has provided great support and has been a valuable collaborator with the sculpture class," said Finocchi-Wilson. "While students have such a connection to technology, this project challenges them to look at the materials very differently. Students learned to build structurally sound relief sculpture that reflects visual physical forces using recycled components."
"Force Broken Heart," the winning sculpture as chosen by the OIT staff, was created by Jennifer Kuan '17, a freshman majoring in psychology. She used fiber optic cables, computer cables, keyboard membranes and computer keys to produce the 18-inch techno-heart.