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Hong Kong Artist Recycles Cans into Robots

By Trish Smith |
Orson Li is a man on a mission: he's sharing his love for sustainability and art by creating miniature creatures made from recycled soda cans.

Orson Li is a man on a mission: he wants to preserve history and invest in the future through the process of recycling. But he’s doing it in an unusually green way. Li, a Hong Kong-based artist, is sharing his love for sustainability and art by creating miniature creatures made from recycled soda cans.

Li calls his designs “ori-alu,” which is a term derived from origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. But instead of using paper to create interesting artwork, Li folds old aluminum soda cans into amazing little creatures that symbolize the beauty of recycling. It took years for Li to master the art of ori-alu, but once he did he was able to design an array of interesting miniature sculptures.

Each creature that Li creates is made from 100% recycled soda cans. No glue, screws or welding is involved. He has a series of “can creatures” that he says represents the three stages of human civilization: history, now, and future.

Canrex = History (the past)

Panda Alu = Present (endangered species)

Canbot = Future (advanced technology)

The coolest aspect of the Canbot is that they can be customized with your favorite colors.

Images: Canbot.com, Etsy

Li also creates recycled soda can creatures like monkeys, elephants and turtles.

Here’s a video that shows what happens when the Canrex and Canbot battle it out:

The down side of these cute creatures is that they come at a hefty cost: $650 U.S. dollars. I suggest admiring these from afar. However, if you have the money to invest in Li’s artwork, you can order your very own can creature on his eShop or through Etsy.

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