In 1995, a box of used multicore cables seemed to be to valuable to be
sorted out, so I decided to make something artistic of it. Influenced by some artwork I found in books,
I decided to try a mosaic.
The bits and bytes formerly transmitted via the cable now translate into the small pieces of a mosaic.
You don't know whether the artwork visualized with the mosaic was really transmited via the cable but it
may be possible. The transmission took place as electrical impulse, as a sequence of "on" and "off".
Imagine a picture disassembled in a large set of small points, the pixels. The color of each points is
represented as a number and the number is represented by bytes which are represented by bits, by 0 and 1.
The 0 and 1 are translated into electrical impulses that were running through the wires of the cable.
The one who reads the impulses may assemble them back to the initial information.
The small pieces of the mosaic represent the disassembled former information of an image.
While information is flowing in, piece by piece, the initial information re-materializes.
Making the mosaic takes hours and you need a lot of patience and staying power to follow
the changing colors, its curves and changes of direction. While the transmission of such information
with electrical impulses happens in a second or less, the process of glueing all the pieces to a
mosaic is the opposite: it slows down everything and makes each point of the picture very conscious.
The raw material
Some years ago, cables were the main type of connection between devices. Today, they are often replaced
by Wifi, Bluetooth or other wireless technologies. Nevertheless, there are a lot of cables around, with
thin and thick wires that can serve as raw material for wire mosaics.
The mosaic pieces
After removing the wires from the multicore cable, they are sorted by color.
There are more colors in cables than you would expect. This is because a red wire
in one cable may have a different tone than a red in another wire. In addition,
some wires are bi-colored ones.
Now, the wires are cut into 2 mm - 10 mm long pieces which are collected in
Some of my pictures are only studies of color or glueing techniques. Other
are inspired by masterworks of famous peintures.
If you are interested in buying one the mosaics or if you're a gallery,
feel free to contact me. Contact data can be found in the imprint section