Artist Transforms Discarded Aluminum Cans Into Incredible Hand-Sculpted Art

Aluminium Can Recycled Metal Art by Noah Deledda

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.

Detroit-born artist Noah Deledda turns trash into treasure by transforming old aluminum cans into sculptures.

Aluminium Can Recycled Metal Art by Noah Deledda

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.

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Once each piece of recycled metal art is complete, Deledda then frames them in glass boxes.

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Noah Deledda: Website | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

My Modern met granted permission to use photos by Noah Deledda.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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