New Mona Lisa
What is it about Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa that makes people want to create her image over and over again? Why is it so intriguing? Maybe it’s that enigmatic smile she wears or the facial hair she lacks, such as the missing eyebrows.
There is also the unanswered question of who Mona Lisa really is. Some believe Mona Lisa is really a self portrait of Leonardo da Vinci. Then there is the fascinating theft of the painting in 1911 and of course the artistic talent of the painter himself? Along with this fascination comes the spoof that usually accompanies something with fame: Mona Lisa with a mustache, Mona Lisa with moving lips and teeth, Mona Lisa as Medusa, Mona Lisa as Monica Lewinsky, Mona Lisa with southern braids and even Mona Lisa with a spaceship above her head and a giraffe on her chest.
The recreations are endless, but there is one imitation that tops all the rest and it isn’t a parody at all. Instead it is innovative and environmentally friendly all at the same time. How? It has to do with motherboards. Asustek, a Taiwanese electronics maker took an opportunity to recreate the Mona Lisa painting using hundreds of obsolete motherboards. Supposedly, the further away you get from the painting the clearer the image of Mona Lisa becomes. Does it? You can see it for yourself on display at the 9th China Beijing International High-tech Expo.
What kind of art can you make using old computer parts? See Green Product