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Old 06-01-2008, 10:14 PM
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Big Ben sculpture marks recycling

I suppose the cans have to be fastened to each other. This is a 20 ft sculpture. If you were to do this job, what method would you use to fasten them?

Big Ben sculpture marks recycling

1 June 2008. (BBC) A 6m (20ft) high sculpture of Big Ben made from Coca-Cola cans has been unveiled in London's South Bank to inspire more people to recycle.


The artwork, made by sculptor Robert Bradford, was commissioned to mark the start of Recycle Week from Monday. ...
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:40 AM
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Actually this sculpture is made up of Coca-Cola cans as well as bottles. Below is a picture of this sculpture from a different angle, taken from here.

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Re: Big Ben sculpture marks recycling

This is another empty Coke can sculpture, in support of the same recycling week.

This one would need even better fastening of the cans. I still cannot figure out what method the artist use to do it. Anybody with good suggestions?

Photos: recycled Coke can sculptures


... I ..think this recycled sculpture by artist Sam McGeever (pictured) is pretty cool. It's one of a series of four sculptures of regional icons made from old Coke cans to celebrate Recycle Week, starting today. ..
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Re: Big Ben sculpture marks recycling

These are really nice. I think i would try to find some sort of punching/ riveting tool to put them together. If they are old, then they are of light steel right?
Or tin perhaps. Then I would solder them with a small torch. But needless to say which ever method, will take lots of patience and time.
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Re: Big Ben sculpture marks recycling

These soft drink cans are made of thin aluminum sheet.

They are too think for welding.

To fasten thin aluminum sheets, one way is to use blind rivets. But I think this would not work with these cans. There is no space to put in a rivet gun to pop the rivets.

Yet another way is copper ring rivet (not the proper name). If one end of the cans is cut and removed, there may just be enough space.
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