Makaon has a hobby. She likes to make sculptures of pop culture characters as well as insects, animals, and more. But she doesn't use clay. She doesn't use stone. Makaon uses cans.
Beer cans, soda cans, cocktail cans, and energy drink cans are her palette, which she uses to create her mind-blowingly wonderful work.
Makaon introduces her latest creations on her blog, subtitled "Making Various Things with Empty Cans", and on her website, dubbed "Empty Can Craft" (via Spoon & Tamago). What makes her work so interesting is not just that she's recycling empty cans, but also—depending on how knowledgeable you are of drinks sold in Japan—how you can see her process.
For example, her Mario sculpture uses red Coke cans for Mario's iconic red hat (and shirt). Black Coke Zero cans were used for Mario's mustache, hair, and shoes. His navy overalls were done in Suntory Kinmugi, while canned cocktail drinks made his gloves and face.
Not all of her work stays faithful to the original color combinations. Above, she made Darth Vader out of silver Asahi Super Dry beer cans. Black Coke Zero cans would probably have been "truer" to Vader's black helmet, but might not have looked so incredibly awesome.
The range of Makaon's work is staggering—from beetles to Ultraman and from Batman to My Little Pony.
While you peruse her work, try not to constantly imagine how much beer and soda was consumed to make these creations possible.
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