Though some athletes claim to feel electrified in their runners, the Gabriel Dishaw Air Max 2011 kicks bring new truth to that sensation. The artist from Indianapolis has been making these circuit board sneaker sculptures for years, and takes pride in reproducing every last detail with the most unconventional materials.
The result of 90 hours of work over three weeks, these e-waste Nike running shoes are what Dishaw calls "upcycled." Keyboard letters line the heels of the kicks, but computer parts are the least impressive fabrics used. Combined with a typewriter case and part of a 747 airplane oxygen mask are bits of motherboards, chipsets and even a USB port in the sole of the shoe. Wires, metal strips, screen and more make up the Gabriel Dishaw Air Max 2011 sneakers, and the latest addition to this creative's portfolio of "junk art."