SM(ART) RECYCLING : JAPANESE ARTIST TRANSFORMS ALUMINUM BEER CANS TO POP ART

How would you react if you knew someone who drinks beer, takes the aluminum cans then transforms it into art ?

Well this japanese artist, MACAON is the kind of person who does this kind of thing. From basic and used aluminum materials he imitates well known characters like Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story, Gundam robots, Pikachu and even a cool mask of Dark Vader !

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The fun thing about this artist is that most of his works are imitations of already famous characters which allows a wider understanding and appreciation from the public’s point of view. Although each of this figure doesn’t represent a deep meaning, the message that Macaon transmits, directly or indirectly, is to wake up the collective consciousness of recycling ; as the world consumes more, it is in our best interest to stop wasting basic materials and start thinking new strategies as to reusing them better. We live in world where beer cans can be transformed into your favorite cartoon, movie or animated character.

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Totoro figure by Macaon

As you can see, aluminum beer cans here are reused in a sophistic way and are not wasted. Without basic and flexible material like aluminum, consuming society like ours would have difficulties to satisfy our needs. Simple gestures like recycling aluminum cans can lead to a better future and that is what Macaon’s creativeness can influence to later generations.

It’s amazing how a common material like aluminum can have different types of uses. That is exactly what Shanghai Metal Corporation can provide you !

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Can-tastic Exhibition !

Have you ever played with food? You know making some sandwich faces with eggs as eyes, tomatoes as a tongue. Or cutting fruits in different shapes and using them to create a “piece of art”, like palms (bananas and kiwis) on a sand beach (tangerines). The case I am going to write about now is  let’s say more professional.

Teams of architects, designers and even engineers were challenging during the 22nd annual Canstruction exhibition where they designed and constructed 3D sculptures made out of only cans of food.

The 2014 NYC Canstruction exhibition  hosted and sponsored by Arts Brookfield features 3D sculptures made of 100,000 cans of food.

This exhibition has been helping the City Harvest to fill their trucks during the winter period for more than two decades. As the poverty level in New York City has been increasing and many people are not sure what their next meal will be, after the end of Canstruction exhibition all the cans will be collected and donated to City Harvest.

Shanghai Metal Corporation sells aluminum sheets, aluminum strips, aluminum coils and other aluminum products that are applied in manufacturing food or soda cans. For more information visit our website or send us inquiry. English speaking staff will help you to find the most suitable product for you. Download an application by scanning QR code below or follow us on Social Media.

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Sources : inhabitat.com, newyork.canstruction.org, cityharvest.org, googleimages

Architecture using carbonated drink cans

When you finish drinking your beer from beer can, what do you usually do with an empty can? Just throw it to the garbage? Well, you have more options : make your own beer can sofa, get some hamburger for free or you can use it as a material for a facade of your house.

Can Cube’s facade is a system of aluminium carbonated drink cans which are enclosed in an aluminium frame. It was designed by Archi Union Architects using and integrating renewable systems to make it highly efficient and sustainable. This structure saves the energy that is normally wasted during recycling processes, by reusing them in their current form.

Can Cube’s facade

This Can Cube design is an innovative residential and office building in Shanghai, China. The two first floors are used as the office space, the next levels are aimed to be a space for private living.

Aluminium frame keeps the structure light and easily adjustable by its occupants. Windows sections within the structure provide a full control of sunlight during the all seasons. What is more, the facade works along the underground heating, cooling systems, rainwater filtration and solar energy systems, all of this minimize the waste of energy.

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Credits : archdaily.com, worldconstructionnetwork.com, googleimages

Bring a can, get a hambuger

People love eating hamburgers and drinking some Coke from a soda can. The idea of getting some juicy burger in exchange of soda cans sounds awesome and not impossible! Goodbye grandma’s cuisine.

DDB Stockholm and McDonald’s cooperated on a campaign in Stockholm in Sweden in order to make young people clean beer and soda cans after city’s endless festivals. To make this campaign more efficient, McDonald’s has installed unique advertisements.

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The ads doesn’t contain just a poster, it also conceal plastic bag dispensers for collecting cans. Only thing you have to do is just tug on the poster’s bottom and a bag is yours, ready to go. Each of these bags explains the pricing for the promotion. For 10 cans you can get either hamburger or cheeseburger, for 40 cans you can get Bic Mac. The billboards are installed mostly near parks, summer festival areas.

McDonald’s think that folks going to music festivals, would spend most of money with their friends on festival tickets, shirts and drinks. After the whole day at festival, dancing, screaming, singing they are most likely going to be hungry. “So, accepting cans in return for burgers gets them to McDonald’s and the cans to the recycling depot. Everyone’s happy.” Simon Higby, a DDB Stockholm creative says.

It could be a great way of cleaning up the neighborhoods  and the communities with lower income could live better. But then young people have to jump and move a lot at festivals to get rid off “hamburger kilos”.

We like hamburgers and can of Coke in Shanghai Metal Corporation but what is more important, we offer high/quality aluminium which is widely used in a food industry and cans are made of it. For more information visit our website or send us inquiry. English speaking staff will guide you further. Download a new application by scanning QR code below.

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Original pictures and articles : inhabitat.com, adweek.com, foodbeast.com, googleimages

Beer cans don’t have to just hold your beer until you drink it!

The one might think that beer cans have only one purpose. To hold the beer till you drink it. After this action most of people or better those who care about the environment toss cans into recycle bins. The others, more creative ones, use aluminium cylinders to make art or turn them into amazing things.

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One artist from Tacoma in Washington created a niche by using beer cans. Get one and show off at beer festival.

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Beer can house

John Milkovisch decided in 1968 to cover the facade of his own house and yard with beer cans and bottle tops. You may have asked yourself – did he drink all the beer in those cans? “No” his wife said, “I helped him.”

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Beer can pine cones

If you finish drinking your beer in forest why would you toss the empty beer can onto ground? Make some pine cones out of it! French artist Sally Ducrow did that at Oranki Art Environmental Park in Finland.

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Beer can Christmas tree

Surprise Santa Claus with your beer can Christmas tree! The owners of Philadelphia’s Percy Street Barbecue built this tree in their dining room. 8 feet tall and made out of 400 beer cans.

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Beer can planes

If you check the number of Google hits for “beer can planes” you would be surprised. Although you can’t fly these airplanes but it seems like making the models is very popular.

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Beer can corset and shoes

If you are the one who was dragged to the opera show and you are bored, look around and you may find a lady wearing beer can corset, now count how many beer cans she is wearing? It took over than 5 years for Greek costume art designer Nikos Floros to create 14-piece collection of opera costumes fabricated from beer and soda cans.

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Beer can furniture

After a long day at work a lot of people enjoy beers on their couches at home. Let’s enjoy your beer on chair constructed from beer cans!

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For those who might not know, the beer cans are made of aluminium. In Shanghai Metal Corporation we offer high-quality aluminium products or others, as metal and steel products. If you want to know more visit our website or send us inquiry. You could follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LindkedIn or have a look at our blog. Download a new application by scanning QR code below.

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Credits : pastemagazine.com, googleimages, everycancounts.com, thinkcans.net

Pay For Your Burger With Recycled Cans

Recycled aluminum cans have never been so wanted these days. Coca-Cola is the greater innovator when it comes to marketing campaigns such as China’s Coke Lyrics and now the partnership with McDonalds’ Australia, Coke Rewards, giving away rewards as you collect tokens.

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Now McDonald’s takes one step further as an effort to get its fair share in this endless social marketing industry. Following an eco-conscious marketing move, McDonald’s in Stockholm is using recycled cans as currency in exchange for burgers. Part of an interactive campaign designed to the food chain company the advertising agency DDB Stockholm has created a huge incentive to young Swedes unwittingly clean up after them, especially during the summer time when parks and festivals leave behind piles of emptied aluminum beer and soda cans around the city.

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As DDB Stockholm puts it, “you’ll find a lot of young people with empty drink cans and empty wallets”. As Simon Higby, a DDB Stockholm creative, puts it, “Youngsters don’t always have so much cash, but sometimes they can get empty cans. So, accepting cans in return for burgers gets them to McDonald’s and the cans to the recycling depot. Everyone’s happy.”

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All you have to do is to fill up a bag provided by McDonald’s with 10 cans in exchange for a hamburger or cheeseburger or 40 cans for a Big Mac. The recycling bags can be found attached to strategically installed billboards, which function as a dispenser for free bags – you just tug on the poster’s bottom to get your bag and you are ready to go to the nearest McDonald’s store to get your free burger.

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The Swedish fast food chain now accepts “cards, cash and cans” and is an attempt to align the “making profit” during summer time with environmental concerns. By getting a burger the youngster will ultimately opt for fires or a drink to go with it, increasing sales of such items.

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Shanghai Metal Corporation offers a wide range of aluminum sheet (aluminum plate) widely used in the manufacturing of Coke aluminum cans. To find out more about us, please visit our Website, WordPress, LinkedIn , Twitter , Facebook  and Instagram. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code. Moreover, we sell directly from Alibaba , EC21 and Tradekey.

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Source and picture: adweek.com, ddb.se, inhabitat.com, adweek.com, creativityonline.com, coloribus.com, 11even.net

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