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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.


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.


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



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.


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

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