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Recycled CDs Make Waterlilles

Maybe you’ve been collecting music since you were a teenager and have amassed a giant CD collection, but when was the last time you bought an actual CD or for that matter put one in a machine and listened to it? British artist Bruce Monro has found a place for 65,000 recycled Cds: make waterlilies.

Here’s the skinny on Monro’s project:

“Set along the landscape of Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Monro recently completed a solo show in which he covered the 23 acres of the Gardens with a handful of complicated light designs. Using CDs as the basis for this particular piece, Monro recycled more than 65,000 discs to form these contemporary Waterlilies in Bloom. The piece greets visitors with a metallic glow as it pays homage to Longwood’s iconic water lilies. The many retired audio discs float along the Large Lake during the day, reflecting brilliant flashes of sunlight in a rainbow of colors. Munro says, “The unmatched beauty of Longwood Gardens inspired me in so many ways. Creating works that speak to the landscape but also enhance the natural beauty of the Gardens was an exciting artistic challenge.”


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