Mobile Factory Casts Discarded Cans Into Metallic Furniture [Video]

Mobile Factory Casts Discarded Cans Into Metallic Furniture [Video]
Arts & Culture

Salvaged parts and construction sand used to create aluminium street art.

Ross Brooks
  • 18 july 2013

Can City is a sustainable street art project made by Studio Swine in the form of a mobile foundry. The project provides a new use for aluminum cans, turning what would normally be considered waste, into a collection of street furniture.

Waste collectors known as catadores can use waste vegetable oil collected from local cafes to power the mobile foundry. The furnace itself is made from salvaged materials and a scrap beer barrel.

The Can Stools are made using a simple sand casting technique that employs readily available construction sand from local building sites. Described by the team as providing a portrait of the streets, their aim is that in future, catadores can make use of free fuel and metal to produce individual pieces of art.


Can City was made for the Coletivo Amor de Madre Gallery in São Paulo with support from Heineken.

Check out this video made by Juriaan Booji which explores the project in more depth:

Can City

+consumer goods
+Environmental / Green
+Latin America
+Sao Paolo
+street art

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