Here’s some very cool geek art, with a hometown twist.

Network engineer Ali Difaez works in downtown Seattle, and during a major upgrade he often finds himself surrounded by old switches, routers, firewalls and other networking gear that’s ready to be trashed. Circuit boards have always looked like little cities to him, so one day it struck him: Why not make a replica of downtown Seattle?

As he explains via email, he gathered up a bunch of DDR2 RAM modules, some RJ45 to RS232 serial converters, heat-sinks and a couple of memory modules along with an obsolete Cisco 6148 line card and glued them together to make a city.

For the Space Needle, he bent three computer case slot covers and put a small fan at the top.

He sold that first creation to the friend of a friend, but later created a new one for himself. Now he’s selling the latest version of the artwork on Craigslist for a suggested price of $99.

Thanks to GeekWire reader Trip Leonard for spotting this and passing it along. He notes the attention to detail — the Cisco building is in just about the right place.

Difaez is not new to geeky projects, having once made a computer case out of a discarded mannequin.

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  • John

    the board that it is built on is actually a Cisco 48 port fast Ethernet card for a 6500 series switch… (not technically a motherboard) but it does look cool.

    • Todd Bishop

      That’s true. I was thinking generically when I wrote the headline, but Ali explains that nuance in the Craigslist post, as well. Thanks for the clarification.

    • ali difaez

      Good eye John. Cisco 6148 line card

  • Orin

    I’ve always thought circuit boards look like little cities, too. Glad to see someone else thinking along the same line.

  • Rob

    Awesome work, Ali! I’m kinda jealous of the mannequin computer every time I see it.

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