Upcycle Final Report: Speaker Landscape

My Inspiration:
My Inspiration for this project came from a New York Times [1] Article I once read on the newspaper one time. Although I don’t remember the date, I remember the topic. It was about the versatile use of miniature-style art, and how they can be used as a nice piece to look at.

It always interested me that these prototypes for new cities, parks, and so on can be viewed as a delicate piece of artwork, even though the initial intent was to demonstrate a design or idea. I wondered about what they do with those pieces after a project has been completed. The picture on the right demonstrates the same concept, but for more upcycling/decorative purposes.

I came across a video showing the style or aesthetic of the type of art I am describing. The video below shows an a miniature version of New York, which took several hundred workers 3 years to replicate[2].

Miniature Landscape of New York City.

The Process:
I started out by finding a broken wooden-style bluetooth speaker I had. I took out the holes, and began constructing my little city. My original idea was to have the spaces in between the trees and the skyscraper to be used to attach an old radio to it and hook it up to the back. However, I could not get the circuitry to work correctly. Attached below are the pictures of the process.

After all of these processes, I put everything together. The idea of this (even though it’s different from the original intent) is to have a decorative piece to have around my room and update the headlines periodically to something random. The final product was difficult to reach because I used superglue for most of it, and it left things hard to handle. Below is the result of all of this. I think it turned out well given the materials used and the turnaround time I had.

[1] https://www.nytimes.com/
[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOn9slS39yw

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  • I like your aesthetics of the project, it’s really cool to turn an old Bluetooth speaker into something fun. I always thought the scaled landscape models are hard to make. Good job on the project, hopefully you can improve it so that it can play music.

  • Abdulaziz Alrashed
    February 15, 2019 1:51 pm

    Great concept and good job on using newspaper since nobody use them anymore. I am curious how did you manage to shape them to the way you want it?

  • Nicholas Degenhart
    February 15, 2019 1:32 pm

    This is a really cool project. I would have never thought to combine these materials together. Do you have any plans to add on to the design? I think this piece has a lot of potential to create a more detailed design such as those that provided your inspiration.

  • William Benson
    February 15, 2019 1:32 pm

    This is super cool. I really like the grass and trees on the speaker. It would have been cool if you made the skyscraper square shaped somehow. What a great way to re use a speaker!

  • Hello Hussam, I think your project came out great. Maybe you could 3D print some structures or designs to put along with your speaker, I think you would really like the level of detail you could achieve and it could add to your aesthetic

  • The landscape in your speaker is definitely unique. It would be interesting if you could make a detailed building to put in the middle! However, the inspiration for this adds an interesting perspective to how this project was accomplished and inspired. Overall, I think this was a unique and unexpected aesthetic.

  • The use of a speaker as a base gives a few areas that can be the main focus and those were well utilized with the trees and the structure. Is in any intention of adding any kind of other aesthetic to the large structure or was the aesthetic of it being made out newspaper the intended goal?

  • I like this concept and I think the project turned out pretty cool with the trees in the speakers. I think that in the future you can definitely expand on this and make it more detailed.

  • You overcame fragility keeping you from bringing in your project by bringing in the example speaker and construction. Did you leave the newspaper unpainted as part of your desired aesthetic?


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