Part 3: Telling the Story Through Art
Updated: Nov 2, 2022
The team over at MSP Disposal has placed a lot of focus on awareness. We knew we had built an amazing business that has positively impacted so many local residences.
Our founder, Brooks Boland has always had an interest in art and what better way to tell a story through local artist and excess product. Brooks reached out to a local designer in town thought it would interesting to create a road map of art work which would get get commissioned.
"It's fascinating to put yourself around creative individuals like artists. Their minds are constantly thinking outside the box and I love placing myself around that kind of energy. Even our artist are trying to solve every days issues for our business. Its amazing to see how much they care and its my job to keep them busy by creating art which is the first of its category Sustainable Art"
Founder Minos Technology | MSP Disposal | The Twelve
I chose to take a whimsical approach for my project by
creating the face of Mother Earth.
As most mothers know from time to time our children
disappoint us... the true joy is when they discover the
revelation that change needs to occur and they take
action. This is where we are. Mother Earth is symbolic
of the environment from which life thrives. She
personifies nurturing and growth and how the earth
looks over us and provides life. It’s our responsibility to
care for her as she has cared for us. We must consider
the part we play in the outcome of our future and the
future of generations to come, each of us individually
and collectively have a role in her healing and survival.
There are no small steps, each and every step that
moves us in the direction of improvement moves us a
bit closer to a beautiful balance with nature. Her
expression conveys the confidence she feels that
together we can accomplish incredible things!
Materials Used: Computer Heatsinks which enable to computer from overheating.
"The IT Mandala"
The piece is 39 1/2" x 39 1/2". The title is Mandala CXXXII:
The IT Mandala ... but for this opportunity, just The IT
Mandala is perfectly good! For the most part, the piece
was created using eight fax phone receivers and most of
the "insides" of four fax phones ... plus lots of red, blue, and
yellow telephone cable connectors, caddies, CPU
connectors, and individual keys from two Dell
keyboards. The only non-e-waste pieces are the eight blue
and red plastic lids and eight yellow buttons. The substrata
is made from synthetic fabric on two layers of recycled
industrial felt. The only thing "new"/bought-new-by-me is
some of the thread. The work is mounted on a stretcher
bar over which I glued a piece of foam core. The piece
was then stitched to the foam core so that no section is
supporting more than a few inches of the weight of the
objects. The piece is heavy but professionally framed with
a strong wire for hanging.
Materials Used: Phones
The title of my piece is Call Waiting and the short description: I chose to
create my piece with phone receivers because that was one of my
strongest memories growing up, I remember simpler times, no cell
phones, only rotary phones at home, and we used to have to fight to use
the phone. I also remember when my father found and extra long cord so
we could walk around the room and pace if we needed to while talking or
go hide in a room to talk privately. I didn’t have any idea what I was going
to make out of my loot, I had to sit with the bin full of tangled cords and
receivers for three days and only when I unpacked them and started
sorting out the different styles, lining them up to sort them out did this
vision hit me, or rather, hit my husband. The receivers lined up in nice
little rows reminded him of old diner pleather chairs, the red and white
striped ones, so he suggested the chair! It was such a great idea we were
able to build it within two days, taking apart an old folding metal chair,
cutting the wood for the base, gluing and screwing the receivers in,
painting the wood, and wrapping the cords on all the legs. The table took
another two days of scavenging for the parts, painting, gluing etc.
Materials Used: Phones
My concept is "Man/Machine Interface" and deals with the symbiotic
nature of modern man and machine and both of our place in nature.
In my head, the figure embodies a sort of cyber-Gaia. The piece will have
a physical representation of the Earth (potentially the cosmos as well),
but as of now all I have fleshed out is the central cyborg figure.
Materials Used: Phone Cables, Graphics Card, MotherBoards
"Creatures in Nature"
Materials Used: Keyboards, CPUs, Floppy Disks
Did you know that dragonflies are older than dinosaurs?
These insects have been referred to as gentle giants and
are known to be as large as crows in prehistoric times.
Dragonflies are vital aspects of the environment in which
they stabilize oxygen levels and clean the water. As they
protect the earth, they carry an underlying message of self-
protection for all mankind. The dragonfly is symbolic in
representing change, which in the ever-changing world of
today gives exponential meaning to having a positive
outlook on life.
As they protect the earth and teach us
about our self-protection, we can learn to reconnect on the
path to our happiness, strength, and preservation of our
environment. Changing the narrative of having scrap metal
waste cluttering up the environment lead to this project
connecting with the symbolizing aspect of the dragonfly.
Change, transformation, and adaptability are attributes
that embody a dragonfly and are what I fixated on during
the creation of this piece.
What does one dragonfly do for the earth?
Dragonflies are important to the environment in that they
stabilize oxygen levels, and clean water. They symbolize our
ability to overcome adversity and hardships. They protect our
earth and teach us about our own self protection; We can learn
to reconnect on the path to our own happiness and strength.
The dragonflies in a symbol of change, just as our world is swiftly
changing. Its metamorphosis begins in the water and grows out
through change. If one is to land on you, it means change is
about to begin. The dragonfly glides through seasons and
turbulent environment without a care; as we should embrace
the ever-changing seasons of life.
This dragonfly has helped to prevent metals and other materials
from ending up in wasteland, by taking care of God’s earth. The
shape of the dragonfly resembles the cross, as a reminder of
where peace and happiness derives from.
Materials Used: Back Plane, Heat Sink, CPU
The concept of mushrooms as a form to create with IT-
waste came from my son’s girlfriend, Ashley Brown. I knew
I wanted an organic form to contrast with the material. I
also live in a rainforest microclimate in Western North
Carolina, so the number of fungi is mind blowing. She said
of mushrooms, “they’re intelligent organisms with both
positive and negative aspects to them (ie, they're a vital
piece of our ecosystem but some are dangerously
There is also something a little mysterious and
unknown about them, similar to technology.” I will dig
deeper into the parallels of IT and mushrooms in my artist
statement. While I’m using a particular species as a model,
this is only for reference of form, and I will not be trying to
duplicate only borrowing characteristics from many to
achieve the intended aesthetic.
My goal is to use what I have on hand to create this form.
My substrate will be built from “eco” bricks (recyclables
from my own bin) and the tech waste provided to me. To
build integrity into the structure I will use rebar imbedded
in concrete and to create the subtle curves and shapes,
hardware cloth, fiberglass mesh, cables and thin set. Color,
pattern and texture for the surface will come from, cables,
wires and pieces of computer guts. I expect to be led in
many directions as I embark on the process, and I look
forward to seeing what materializes.
Materials Used: Phones, Ethernet Cable