I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve always found circuit boards interesting. Yes, that partly means “I don’t understand what the hell is going on here”, but I really do find the patterns mysterious and amazing, because a human like me designed this, and it’s this engraved soul of the computer that lets me check out cat videos on YouTube. So I wasn’t exactly surprised to read that someone had used the patterns in circuit boards as veneer for furniture and whatnot, but I was surprised by the beauty of these works.
These boxes and sculptures are made by Theo Kamecke. Space enthusiasts might recognize Kamecke as the director and writer of the documentary Moonwalk One. As is often the case with inspiration, Kamecke was perusing stacks of circuit boards some random day when the idea hit him. Kamecke “saw in the graphic patterns of electronic circuitry with their endless variety the same beauty we perceive in seashells, in crystals, in the grain of wood or even in the tree itself.” So he started making sculptures, shelves, boxes and wall pieces using a technique called marquetry, which in simple terms is covering a structure to form a decorative pattern. Usually veneer is used to cover items, but we know what Kamecke used in his beautiful creations:
If you like Kamecke’s work, check out Wired’s interview with Kamecke for more insights and pics. Better yet, check out his website to see a ton of his works. I can only hope that when the robots arrive at the notion of art they don’t think of using our innards to cover their artwork.