Sketch of possible Upcycling design. Modified images of artwork by Jon Allen
For my upcycling project my goal is to create a metallic sculpture using a minimalist aesthetic. I have included a rough visual for a potential path that I want to take my upcycling design. The design is made up of columns of metal strips bent in such a way as to form alternating ripples. The metallic ripples are meant to elicit thoughts of water and calm. The goal of my project aligns well with the minimalist aesthetic where the simplicity of the design won’t take away from the calm meaning. The minimalist aesthetic also played a part in the material selection. The muted gray color of aluminum sheets is neutral and does not distract from the form of the design.
Metallic sculpture by Jon Allen
After coming up with my initial design I searched online to find similar designs for inspiration on the fabrication method. I was able to find a similar style created by Jon Allen who specializes in metallic art pieces. Many of his designs include intricate pattens on the surface of the metal.
Aluminum Can Material selection
As previously stated I chose to use aluminum sheets as my primary material based on its alignment with the minimalist aesthetic. In order to upcycle aluminum sheets I plan to use recycled aluminum cans. The cans can be cut into strips as shown in the figure above. I believe that my largest hurdle will be to find a method to connect individual sheets together to create longer aluminum sheets while maintaining a sleek appearance.