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You'll sometimes hear Apple's industrial designs described as works of art. Sometimes that's exactly what they are turned into.


There's a tradition of transforming old Macintoshes. Projects we've seen over the years range from Macquariums to replacing a vintaqe Mac's internals with those from a more modern computer (eg, this Mac Classic shell containing a Mac mini).

But what if the objective is to create a work of art with no actual functionality?

As part of a series of works with a similar theme, Wisconsin artist Lisa Gralnick made a plaster cast of a Power Mac G4 system, painted it with white acrylic, and fashioned solid gold inserts for the system unit's Apple logo and the mouse button.

Almost 6-1/2 oz of 18K gold was used - the idea behind Gralnick's 'The Gold Standard' works is that on the date of casting, the value of the gold approximately matched that of the original object.

"It was my intention that the fragility of the plaster would suggest and perhaps eventually yield, temporality. The fragments of gold would, of course, remain virtually unchanged for centuries," explained Gralnick.

The exhibition 'Lisa Gralnick: The Gold Standard' runs at the Bellevue Arts Museum until August 15.

 

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Stephen Withers

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.

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