Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sandy Sanderson’s Can Cars Are Automotive Art Par Excellence

The automobile is such an integral part of so many people’s lives that it’s no wonder than artists and sculptors often use them for inspiration. Take Sandy Sanderson of Hamilton, New Zealand, for example. He takes beer and soft drink cans and crafts them into meticulous, highly detailed replicas of hot rods and other classic cars. And Mr. Sanderson really is a meticulous sculptor.

Check out the amount of detail he puts into the suspension, interior, engine and wheels of his cars. Even the gauges, gear shift and hand brake are replicated in detail. It boggles the mind. Each car takes as few as eight and as many as thirty soft drink / beer cans to construct, the whole process taking Sandy up to a month from start to finish.

Most of the cars are purchasable too, with prices ranging from NZ$800 to NZ$2,000 (US$472 to US$1,537). Pricey yes, but these things are gorgeous. My favorite is the “Coruba Climax”, a replica of the Cooper Climax race car of the 1960s made of Coruba Rum cans (don’t worry if you haven’t heard of Coruba Rum - I hadn’t until I read it on Sandy’s website).

You can check out the full gallery of images below. When you’ve had a look, tell us your favorite in the comments section below.

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