A broken CD isn’t much good to anyone. Unless you’re Sean Avery that is. Because while most of us would just throw them in the trash, the South Africa-born, Australia-based artist turns them into various dazzling animal sculptures.
He makes them by gluing CD shards to wire mesh frames shaped like different animals, and as you can see from his iridescent animal kingdom, there seems to be no limit to the types of creatures he can create.
“My sculptures are all constructed with recycled materials — old CDs, computer hard drives etc, so I classify my work as “sustainable art,”” says the artist. “They’re a lot of fun to make, but they take an extremely long time to finish, so I don’t do a lot of them.”
He only uses recycled materials and classifies his work as “sustainable art”. The nature of his process and the materials he uses ensures that each and every one of his pieces are completely unique. He makes use of mostly old cds and computer parts.
To make the cd animals, he breaks apart old cds, which often shatter into shards or he cuts them into specific shapes that he wants. Then he painstakingly places each shard to create the animal. The iridescent shards shimmer in the light and strongly resemble feathers and fur. The result is something strangely organic with a distinct sense of movement.