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Artist Turns Old TVs Into Tiny, Beautiful Worlds
May 21, 2013
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Now that people have made the move to flatscreens, cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions (the old-school, clunky kind with curved glass fronts and lots of space inside) are mostly going to waste.

In fact, disposing of them is a serious problem - a recent New York Times article tells the story of recyclers struggling to find a sustainable way to recycle CRT monitors and TVs now that people don't buy them any more.

But Chinese artist Zhang Xiangxi has a better idea: he turns old CRT televisions into carefully constructed, incredibly detailed little rooms, modelled after scenes from his own life.

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So far, he's recreated various places, including the dormitory he used to live in, his old workspace in Guangzhou, China, his parent's sitting room, and the interior of a train carriage he once travelled in.

As you can see, his work incorporates the messiness of day-to-day life, with objects scattered around the tiny scenery.

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Some of his pieces represent places where he'd like to live: the one below is his "dream house."

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Xiangxi sculpts all the objects in the rooms himself, including, in a couple of pieces, miniature televisions (CRT, of course). You can see more of his work on the Saatchi website.

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We couldn't help but wonder whether Xiangxi had this tune by The White Stripes on repeat while he was working:

Via Visual News

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