Detroit-born artist Noah Deledda turns trash into treasure by transforming old aluminum cans into sculptures. Made entirely by hand, the artist uses his thumb to create dents and creases in the disposable object’s surface, resulting in incredible three-dimensional sculptures adorned in flawless, geometric patterns.
Deledda reveals, “Through sculpture I try to create something unique out of an ordinary object.” His process begins by scratching away the can’s commercial design. This “reveals a brilliant raw material of the otherwise ordinary consumer item.” To make his indented patterns, Deledda developed a technique through years of trial and error—and plenty of practice. He believes it’s important to use his own hands rather than specialized tools or machine-led manipulation.
Once each piece of recycled metal art is complete, Deledda then frames them in glass boxes, and documents each gleaming sculpture with photos and videos. To further the narrative of his work, Deledda uses a clever video editing technique to create the illusion of the sculpture taking shape instantly, with the swift crushing motion of the artist’s hand.
See more from Deledda’s growing portfolio, and purchase his work on his website.