Sneaker enthusiasts may have seen the work of Gabriel Dishaw out on the sneaker blogs this past year, actually I can almost guarantee you have. Remember those Nike Dunks made out metal and recycled computer parts? 7 of those 1:1 scale reproductions of collectible Nike sneakers made out of recycled computer parts, electronics, found metals, and other up-cycled materials are now displayed in Gabriel Dishaw’s first solo show: “(Not So) New Shoes” at the 360SEE art gallery in Chicago, Illinois as the galleries main attraction for their annual Earth Day Show. The showcase runs from April 23rd to May 31st at which 360SEE will serve as a depository for old laptops, personal computers, typewriters, and other electronic components for Dishaw to use in future sculptures. All materials deposited that are not usable by Dishaw will be properly recycled to keep as many harmful and toxic materials out of our landfills.
To coincide with the un-wearble shoe sculptures Dishaw has created an actual wearable customized Nike Air Force 1 using recycled parts from your favorite laptop computer companies dysfunctional motherboards and more. Titled the “Nike Air Force One (Wired)” is available in 3 colors: green, orange, and copper. Featuring placement of the recycled parts on the tongue, mid panel perforations, Nike Swooshes, and lace locks with matching colored laces. The computer parts really pop against the all white Nike Air Force Ones that are a made-to-order limited edition run of 5 pairs per color available while supplies last from 4/23/2010 to 5/31/2010 at the 360SEE gallery. All of the proceeds from Dishaw’s customized Air Force One shoes will be donated to the Earth Day Network.