Aluminium cans are great materials for making models. They are easy to bend and reform and their durability makes them hard to break. By using the tea cans to make a white pigeon, the final product has inherited couple of Arizona tea cans’ characteristics. The pigeon has a mechanical appearance because the cutting edges of the aluminium make the pigeon’s appearance look like it was a robot built by putting different metalled parts together. The graphics on the Arizona tea cans also give the pigeon a characteristic of its own and make the pigeon look more unique.
My partner’s interview was mainly about her hometown and her journey to the United States, so I decided to make a white pigeon out of Arizona tea cans because white pigeon symbolised home and Arizona tea is a drink that represents America and it is also a symbol of traveling. The hard and unbreakable feeling of the pigeon shows my partner’s independent and fearless identity. By showing the pigeon in its flying motion, I intended to tell my partner’s emotion when she left her hometown in China to come to New York City, which she was excited and ready to fly through every upcoming challenges.