As the saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”; which is the case with Detroit-born artist Noah Deledda. Most people don’t give a second thought to their used aluminium cans after tossing them into the recycling bin. Noah, however, has found a wonderfully creative way to turn them into beautiful sculptures.
Sculpting aluminium cans
Made entirely by hand, he transforms discarded aluminum cans into sculptures using his thumb to create dents and creases in the surface of the aluminium cans. Through repetition, scratching the can over and over creates a polishing affect; creasing conjure shapes; dents become depth. This results in incredible 3D sculptures adorned in flawless, geometric patterns where symmetry, balance, and beauty are achieved.
“The technique was discovered by accident after finishing a drink while on a road trip in 2005,” the 39-year-old artist told the Press Association. “I had crushed the can slightly and began to play with it, noticing that creasing and denting could create interesting shapes.”
Noah developed his indented pattern technique through years of trial and error. Once each piece of recycled metal art is complete, he frames them in glass boxes, documenting each aluminium can sculpture with photos and videos. To see more from Noah’s growing portfolio, and purchase his work, visit his website.
Daniel is an Art Director and Graphic Designer with over a decade of experience in advertising and marketing in the Greater Toronto Area.