Fans of Apple’s former CEO and co-founder, Steve Jobs, have been mourning his death around the world and the internet is saturated with article and video tributes. This one in particular caught my eye from Mint Foundry, a research team from London and New York-based firm Mint Digital. They created the above, remarkably realistic portrait of Steve Jobs out of a disassembled MacBook Pro, bridging the gap between art and technology. What better way to pay your respects to the man that revolutionized mobile computing with the creation of Mac computers. Pretty cool, huh?
If you've been following my previous posts, you'll know I'm not an Apple devotee but you have to appreciate what this man did and his contributions to technology. It's also sad that he didn't get to enjoy more of his free time after stepping down from Apple just months ago.
According to the team, the project began quite innocently from a quest for spare computer parts. This is what one of the creators says about it on their website:
"We were in need of a few fans the other day for our smell dispenser prototypes. Colin kindly donated an old MacBook Pro to the cause and I meticulously tore it to pieces.
It was an incredibly humbling experience. Beyond the smooth sheen of its outer casing, lies one of the most beautifully set out assemblage of components I have ever seen. It's hard to imagine the amount of detail, concentration and obsession that must go into the creation of one of these machines. To be honest, I always thought Mac's were a bit overpriced for what they were. Not anymore... It seemed fitting to create a tribute to him using the spare components of the old MacBook Pro."
Going off on a slight tangent, I just read that even MTV plans to include a special musical tribute to the late Steve Jobs as part of O Music Awards 2, www.omusicawards.com, which celebrates artists, innovators and fans impacting digital music culture (I forget that if it wasn't for Steve Jobs and Apple, there'd be no iTunes either). It'll be interesting to see what kind of musical tribute they come up with (let's hope Justin Bieber isn't invited). The event will air on MTV and be live-streamed from an undisclosed location in Los Angeles on Oct. 31. You'll be able to catch it on www.omusicawards.com, all the MTV Music Group websites (MTV.com, VH1.com, CMT.com, LogoTV.com and MTVHive.com) and mobile.
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