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Turning Old Computer Parts into Artwork at AIC

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — An unusual art exhibit is on display at American International College.

When the school combed through boxes of old computer parts, instead of getting rid of them, they gave them to their art instructor to see what she could do with them.

It was techy trash that was about to be tossed. When AIC had amassed too many useless old computer parts, they turned to the schools art instructor to turn trash to treasure

“One of our computer I.T. guys had a whole collection…he had them lined up kind of historically and one of the oldest computers he showed me was from 1985,” explains AIC art instructor Laurie Montefusco.

Those parts included joysticks from old gaming systems, rusted hard drives, fans and computer mice – all artfully rewired.

Montefusco adds, “Some of it was very interesting. Some of the circuit boards look like small little cities and so that was kind of exciting and it also came in all kinds of colors and a lot of things. I wasn’t sure it would come together as works of art, but thought I’d give it a try.”

And Motefusco succeeded. She even seems to humanize the computer parts in one piece called “I.T.”, a take on “E.T.” It features a face appearing from the jumble of hardware.

Montefusco even used the art in her classrooms. “All last semester, I was doing it in the studio in the art class room and the kids were kind of excited what would come of all the bits and pieces,” she explains.

And now the Renoir’s of recycled retro computer junk adorn the walls of the AIC.

The exhibit now hangs in the Shea Library at American International College.