THE "MADE FROM IPOD" PROJECT
"The earth will swallow YOU,
but it doesn't have to swallow iPods."
- Jeff Grady
Jeff Grady started the "Made from iPod" project two years ago when he had the idea to
take broken and neglected iPods and use them to create mosaic artwork. Grady began by purchasing broken iPods on eBay and
using them to make a few, small pieces ... namely 8-bit icons from the video games he played as a child.
Grady soon realized the impact
this project could have from both environmental and philanthropic perspectives.
By diverting the life cycle of one of the world's most prolific electronics devices and incorporating them into works of art, broken iPods
could be used to benefit a variety of environmental and philanthropic organizations. The project grew from there.
The mission of the "Made from iPod" project is to leverage upcycled iPod art in a way that benefits and heightens awareness
of responsible electronics recycling and supports music and technology programs in primary and secondary schools throughout the United States.
This is how it works ...
- Broken/neglected iPods are procured from a variety of sources:
- purchased on eBay
- purchased from electronics recyclers
- donated by individuals and electronics recyclers
- Grady selects and/or creates 8-bit and photomosaic images that relate to music and/or technology as the subjects of the work.
- Grady creates the work using a variety of iPod types and substrates.
- Work is sold to private collectors directly or through galleries.
- Proceeds from the sale of the work are returned to the project and are used to purchase broken iPods and related creative materials, transport work to exhibitions, and create works that are donated to non-profit organizations and efforts that benefit:
- music programs in public schools
- responsible electronics disposal and recycling
- environmental consciousness
- underserved youth's access to technology
$1,600.00 raised for
The Best Buy Foundation
$3,000.00 raised for
Music in Schools Today
$2,000.00 raised for
Tunes for Tots
$2,000.00 raised for
"Jeff's art is a high tech scion of recycled compulsivity laced with street savvy and playfulness. David Mach meets Space Invader."
Herb Williams - Artist/Curator
"Jeff's art is smart recycling that tells the story of the bond between music and technology."
Michael Weintrob - Rock Photographer
"Jeff's iPod mosaics are interesting, humorous and simply awesome to look at ... decorators dream of art this good."
Kelly Coty - Designer/Decorator
"One of the coolest e-waste recycling projects I have ever seen. High tech contemporary art."
Scott Weislow - Director of Waste and Recycling - Best Buy
"A large scale art project that aligns with the efforts of Pure Earth. We LOVE your work."
Jen Marraccino - Best Buy
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