Painted Cans

A group in Spain are asking artists to send in painted beverage cans to be published in a book and exhibited in Madrid. Entries close on the 31st of October 2008 and the project is open to artists worldwide.

So, your painted aluminium can will be shown on, you will get a copy of the book (if your can art is included), you will be in a group can show in Spain, and you can sell your crushed can if you choose to have it for sale. There’s more details at the painted cans website here if you’re interested.

painted beverage cans

I first saw painted drinking cans on the website of artist and designer Rik Catlow. He does some really interesting work. He also did a blog post on how he creates his smashed cans on his blog here.

“I started using the smashed cans for a canvas in 2001. I came up with the idea during my walks when I lived in NJ. I discovered all of these discarded beer and soda cans in the streets and thought it would be cool if I could make something out of them.” Rik Catlow

About Dion

Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. This is Great, thanks for sharing. I will definitely think about this as I love the idea of recycled materials for art.

  2. One of your portraits, similar to your rock portraits might fit well on a crushed can Corrine.

  3. I like the idea of this

  4. Great idea, recycle, reuse, reduce, reart!

  5. Have you seen the Crushed Can art by this artist? He has been doing it for over 15 years!

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