“Alien King”’s sculpture
For those who are unfamiliar with the Xenomorph, an evil alien creature that featured in the Alien movie series. The terrifying creature made a second appearance in James Cameron’s 1986 movie Aliens, and it is still regarded as one of the most recognisable sci-fi creatures ever. The California-based designer toy company Sideshow Collectibles produced an „Alien King“ maquette to mark the film’s 30th anniversary. The life-sized replica was actually made by craftsman Cao Shennge out of recycled tyres, although the initial version I
In a Youtube clip, upcycling designer Shennge explains how he created a tiny model out of clay before starting to construct the life-sized creature out of bike inner tubes and more than 200 repurposed tyres. The amazing artwork, which took 20 days to finish, is incredibly detailed. Alien King has more tentacles than regular aliens, claims Shennge. „His body is covered in scales and gullies a lot.“ The artist continues, „To mimic the texture of his skin, which is quite hard to fabricate, the tyres must be chopped into very thin strips. However, I’m happy with how the end product is presented.
Shennge’s piece, which is influenced by an alien, undoubtedly accomplishes his artistic purpose of „bringing new life to those old tyres.“ Standing in the Shennge’s junkyard, it appears as though it would suddenly come to life and start destroying his studio!
200 used tyres were used to build an amazing „Alien King“ artwork by upcycling artist Cao Shennge.