|Forrest Mc Cluer's Computer Virus #1|
This is based on a hybrid of T4 Bacteriophge and Adenovirus
|Earrings made from hard drive spacers|
I was introduced to Forrest by a friend of the family when hubby donated several hard drives to his cause. Forrest's up-cycling and creative use of the integral parts of the computers that he is deconstructing, and his detailed use of the parts was intriguing to say the least! It quickly became evident that his passion goes beyond constructing his sculptures; his meticulous research of microbiology and virology, and mastery of mathematics are clear in the polyhedron shapes and viruses that he sculpts http://www.30computers.com/CV_Transformer.htm. Forrest writes that:
"It was the self-assembly or self-replication characteristic of biological viruses that influenced University of Southern California doctoral candidate Fred Cohen. He is the person who coined the term "computer virus" to describe a computer program that can "affect other computer programs by modifying them in such a way as to include a (possibly evolved) copy of itself." , .Forrest's insightful use of computer parts to construct sculptures of biological viruses, which computer viruses mimic is pure genius.
As you can imagine, I was thrilled that the unused hard drives were slated to be up-cycled in such an imaginative, innovative way while simultaneously helping to declutter. Although there was no need to thank us for the donation of the hard drives, Forrest thoughtfully surprised me and the girls with funky earrings made from spacers from the computer hard drives, and a hysterical "digital pirate" ear loop for the boys. I can't wait to see the newest sculpture he creates with the hard drives! If you'd like to see some of Forrest's sculptures up close, check out his work at the upcoming Artomatic Show in Washington, DC on May 18th http://www.artomatic.org/ .