This is an installation that I wish I had been able to see in person. It was called Vulnerable Ecologies by Susan Stockwell and was made entirely of recycled computer parts. My favorite piece in the collection is the map of the world created with circuit boards. It is beautiful as you can see in the picture below.
I love the color and texture that she achieves with this piece, and I know that in the entire collection she makes a statement with her art. However, the reason that I decided to share this collection with you all is because it gives a beautiful example of how it is possible to use a normal, utilitarian object like a circuit board and turn it into something absolutely beautiful.
More importantly though, I hope that it inspires some of you guys to use your surplus circuit boards in a creative way. I would love to see some ideas of ways that you guys have used your circuit boards to create pieces of art whether they are functional or simply beautiful. Please use the contact form and send in a picture and a short description of your work and if I like it, I will feature it here on my site. I am always looking for new and innovative uses for found objects and especially circuit boards.
If you are looking for materials, you will probably want to look for printed circuit boards (pcb) in the classified ads near you to see if anyone has surplus that they are getting rid of for cheap/free. Also, you could talk to a pcb assembly service to see if they can point you in the right direction to find a source of surplus circuit boards. If you want to read more about printed circuit board assembly, you can read about TQI, Inc in Huntington Beach, CA.