Aluminum Can Sculptures

Photo credit: Noah Deledda

Noah Deledda is an artist known for his aluminum can sculptures, and they’re more than meets the eye. At first, they look to be 3D-printed or manipulated using a tool, but in reality, they’re all handcrafted. First, he starts by sanding the printed layer of the can, then polishes it before using his thumbs to create creases and dents into the soft metal. Continue reading for three more videos and additional information.

“Crushing, denting and creasing become a method to create design, precision, symmetry and balance. Mind you this process developed over years through trial and error and lots of practice. It’s important to me that this is all carried out by hand without special tools or extraordinary manipulation. The shaping of the can is a thumb driven process that cooperates with the form of the cylinder,” said Noah Deledda.