Aluminum pixel tapestries are shining up the Prospect Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn. Just across the street from the massive construction of the new Brooklyn Nets stadium, Will Lala‘s Metal Tapestries gives new life to soda cans.
On display at the small Soapbox Gallery, Lala’s art shimmers in the sunlight. The reflective quality is thanks to the hundreds of aluminum can squares that make up the pieces. Lala deconstructs used cans, cuts them into squares and then attaches them with wire giving each a pixel look. All of the works on view are flat, although he also does more complex works where the pixels create waves and folds.
Living in Belize for the past thirty years, Lala became very passionate about recycling. The Latin county does not have any sort of recycling effort since it is so small. Many people gather aluminum and other recyclable materials and carry them across to Mexico in exchange for money. Lala began experimenting with aluminum cans in his sculpture work and then began trading with the locals. He is aiding the country in the economy and their recycling efforts.
Lala is currently taking his exhibit across the country with the stop in Brooklyn ending on July 5th.