Home / Art / Street Art / Street Artist Gives New Life to Discarded Food Cans as Adorable Characters

Street Artist Gives New Life to Discarded Food Cans as Adorable Characters

Can Art by My Dog Sighs

Most of us would walk by an old food can on the street without another thought, but renowned street artist My Dog Sighs turns trash into treasure. The artist founded the Free Art Friday project, which involves transforming found materials into free art. Each week, he—and other artists who are taking part—leave a new piece on the street for anyone to find, take home, and cherish. For the last 10 years, My Dog Sighs’ particular choice of found material has been the humble tin can.

From a discarded soup tin to an old condensed milk can, My Dog Sighs squishes down each 3D, cylindrical form into a flat canvas and then paints realistic faces onto the rounded ends. The artist’s ever-growing family of can characters include people, cats, dogs, and even Star Wars’ Yoda. No matter the subject, each piece has a story to tell and is sure to brighten the day of whoever happens to stumble across it.

“By painting them I was able to give them a second chance,” says My Dog Sighs. “I gave them lost melancholic faces in order that anyone walking past would feel compelled not to ignore them but to cherish and want to give them a new home.” The artist highlights the issues of our throwaway society and consumerist culture. He says, “If I can show how, with a little love, creativity, and effort, how even a rusty old food tin can become so cherished, that people are willing to take it in and give it a new home, then maybe what I thought was a personal street art project from someone not brave enough to paint on walls is actually a heavily socio-political act that causes us to look at homelessness and consumerism in a different way.”

For the last 10 years, street artist My Dog Sighs’ has been turning found tin cans into creative characters.

Can Art by My Dog SighsCan Art by My Dog Sighs

He founded the Free Art Friday project, which involves leaving a new piece on the street for anyone to find and take home.

Can Art by My Dog SighsCan Art by My Dog Sighs

Each piece is sure to brighten the day of whoever happens to stumble across it.

Can Art by My Dog SighsCan Art by My Dog SighsCan Art by My Dog SighsCan Art by My Dog SighsCan Art by My Dog SighsCan Art by My Dog SighsCan Art by My Dog SighsCan Art by My Dog SighsCan Art by My Dog SighsCan Art by My Dog SighsCan Art by My Dog SighsMy Dog Sighs: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by My Dog Sighs.

Related Articles:

Artist Transforms Discarded Aluminum Cans Into Incredible Hand-Sculpted Art

This Street Artist Transforms Cement Blocks into Mind-Blowing Illusions

Clever Street Artist Transforms Ordinary Public Places Into Funny Installations

Artist Repurposes Trash into Colorful Homes for the Homeless

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.

Want to become a My Modern Met Member?

Find out how by becoming a Patron. Check out the exclusive rewards, here.

Sponsored Content