Yoshizen's Blog

Aluminium-Panel Sculptures / Suppon-pon and O-Shiri

Posted in Art, Buddhism, Fun to read :-D, Kinetorori, Lemon Zen, Make, Mindfullness, Mushin, Zen in Action by yoshizen on January 21, 2012

Even though many people still looking for the Dragon image, I rather like to put much more

warm-blooded human-like figure of which I just found an old photo of them when they were made.

( In fact, I’m getting bored with the Dragon images which has been requested by the readers. 😀 )

If you object its part of anatomies = it’s a sign of your mind has been stacked with it = it’s all

in your mind = relax, take easy and have a fun-loving mind, instead.   After all, it’s just a dented

aluminium panel, isn’t it ? —– Nothing more than that, and harmless.    Ha ha ha.  😀

In fact, Full-frontal figure named [Suppon-pon] (after Japanese slang) above was a challenge, how

simple drink can sculpture can be made realistic figure,  and the right, named [O-shiri] was made as

a kinetic sculpture which wobbles its bottom with motorized mechanism, though within a day, its metal

cracked and broken = it needs to be made by the good spring steel with a proper heat process.

Because, the matter in the Zen is, a Zen practice on practice ! —– Let’s Just Do It !

How Zen it is, you will see.  (and see the fun)

I’ve been telling the people, who asked me how those aluminium figures were made = I made them

by just pressing a thin metal, like Shiatsu. ( but, quite laborious endless pressing =

hence, it was a Zen practice ! ) as you can see the photos above, they were just a drink can.

Simply, if a thin metal was pressed, metal will be bent = to cut and bend the metal piece to a shape

wanted is, what all about the aluminium panel sculpture.

If you like to make it as a nude figure, make its shape as a nude figure, as simple as that.

So, when you got flat metal out of drink can, place it on a half soft surface and press it with something

round tipped stick or your finger = you can have  the effect. ( = here, you will see the result of

pressure = how unmistakably correct,  the Buddhism teachings are.   😀 😀 )

If the base was too soft, metal may not be bent but just sink all together. You need to try and find the

best suited material = I found, a cork place-mat has right softness. (and a Telephone book as well !)

The size of a round tipped stick to push the metal panel may need to have several different sizes

—– here the photo of the use of the tool I’ve improvised and made for this purpose.

Observe and use your common-sense and try and try again.  The solution can only be found by doing.

Thinking makes no result, but only the action does.   And only the result counts.

If the resulting shape was not what you wanted = make it from the scratch again (and again).

If you run-out of a can, you don’t need to drink another beer = look around the street, you will find

another can  (can be tons of them.   😀 )

(Obviously, this practice (Art ?) cost nothing = Zen and Spirituality is absolutely incompatible with money)

The more you try, the result you get will be the better.  Don’t be impatient.  And keep doing.

Just sweep the garden, Churi-pantak (Shuri-bantoku) needed 10 years of practice to get it perfect.

In fact, behind of my pieces (as the best so far, in the photo) I’ve made many failures which I’m not

showing to you. 😀 —– It was just a process to get it right = might be called as a Pathway.

To get the best out of one’s life is what the Buddhism was intended for, 

not for sitting idol and talking empty mambo-jumbo.

The tools had its own history of the evolution = from a round bottom of Fizzy drink CO2 Gas bomb

to a Bearing’s ball mounted shaft (for smoother fine movement).   And, the roller disks which would

make furrow or smooth curved line.  Utilize anything with the creative approach.

The better designed tool would give easier work and the better result.

—– Of cause, I know you would say “What all those fuss for ?”— nothing.    What’s wrong ?

Do you think, Do I needed to have a purpose,  such as to become famous and rich with those works ?

Oh, c’mon.  Don’t be greedy.  It’s just a beer can. = Utterly useless things.    ( Priceless ?  😀  )

I wouldn’t ask another technician to make Diamond studded Skull for greedy money-making scheme =

In here, to make it or its effort itself was the purpose.  Therefore, I’m making

everything myself, for myself.  = (Selfish ? —– I don’t think so.  I’m just dealing with this piece, which

is nothing to do with anybody else.  I was just seeing this piece of metal getting its own shape. = work for

something purposeless  for the sake of its own sake, is nothing but the selfless act = Act for act.

So, this is my Zen.   ( If you couldn’t understand why this is the Zen, think why

Master Boddhi Dharma opened Shaolin-Temple using martial art as a teaching tool,

and why the Tea-making is a Zen. —– Convinced  ? )


22 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. jagan said, on January 21, 2012 at 18:08


  2. drawandshoot said, on January 22, 2012 at 04:37

    nicely done!

    • yoshizen said, on January 22, 2012 at 05:14

      Thank you very much.
      I feel great honor to receive a praise from the person who got
      the eyes to distinguish the art.

  3. Paul said, on January 23, 2012 at 11:22

    great and enjoyable work (as usual). What does intrigue me is how many times you sliced open your fingers on the sharp metal – I used to work in a metal pressing shop, and know that metal can be extremely sharp. Would thick gloves get in the way of the workmanship? I imagine so.
    Happy Chinese new year, I think we shall be riding the tail of a wet dragon over the coming days!

  4. yoshizen said, on January 23, 2012 at 13:16

    Hi Paul
    The most intrigued you would be, I don’t get injured.
    I don’t know whether it’s the same reason I don’t get ill. (My parent told me that since I was born to
    be protected, they didn’t worried at all even when I was keenly climbing the mountain —– they were
    more worried as I came back from the mountain so smelly and it must be the public concern 😀 )

    Since the precaution of sharp-edge has been programmed into my subconscious, I don’t touch the
    sharp-edge (in that direction) = this is what mindfulness mean.
    Life offers so much hidden in their sleeve, it’s mean we can and have to learn more and grow.
    Happy Chinese New Year.

  5. drawandshoot said, on January 24, 2012 at 03:53

    Happy Chinese New Year Yoshizen! 🙂

  6. yoshizen said, on January 24, 2012 at 08:53

    Thank you Caren. Happy Chinese New Year to you too.
    —– wait a moment, I thought you were going to show
    blue Dragon on the Chinese ceramics ? 🙂

  7. Diane said, on January 29, 2012 at 20:01

    A wonderful and great teaching Yoshizen. Thank you!

    • yoshizen said, on January 29, 2012 at 21:30

      Thank you Diane.
      So, you can try “Drink can Zen” some time 🙂

  8. Lemony (Gr)Egghead said, on February 2, 2012 at 14:07

    Such a fascinating–and sometimes humorous 😉 post–, Yoshizen! The figures are beautiful! I enjoyed reading about the process.

    • yoshizen said, on February 2, 2012 at 16:43

      Thank you very much Lemony !
      I know your very intense eyes, so the figures I’ve been making may looks pretty jokey to you.
      (Because they are jokey 😀 )
      And because of my approach to the Zen is, it is to live today in full.
      To live in full, it’s better to have a smile than grumpy face.
      So, I should make the pieces to make the people smile. 🙂

      • Lemony (Gr)Egghead said, on February 3, 2012 at 01:34

        Yoshizen, actually they don’t look jokey to me, in the unserious way you might mean. They are quite striking and do still bring a smile to people’s faces. 🙂

  9. yoshizen said, on February 3, 2012 at 02:37

    Oh no, Lemony I was very serious. 🙂
    To make looks rather realistic and solid figure, but, out of a can I’ve picked up on the street, was a joke
    or irony towards the idea of the traditional art and its value.
    To make the figure was, a very serious toil of over one week = hence mindfulness of the Zen 😀
    I wanted to show this contradiction. 😀

  10. elenacaravela said, on February 17, 2012 at 18:59

    Great idea, great execution.

    • yoshizen said, on February 17, 2012 at 21:04

      Thank you very much Elena.
      The idea was, to do something in deadly cheap cost 😀
      For the execution, — it was just a matter to spend the time, of which I got plenty now 😀

  11. Steve Barnes said, on February 18, 2012 at 16:37

    Wow, very nice! Love the sculptures and your text! Such a lot of interesting information to take in. Regards,Steve

  12. yoshizen said, on February 18, 2012 at 17:10

    Thank you Steve. I’m grad to hear the information here was useful.
    I found, you got quite a photographs too with quite an experimental approach.
    So, how about my experimental approach —- > Please have a look on my post
    —- > google [ yoshizen zappa ] [ yoshizen tiny life ]
    of which showed my hand made approach. 😀

  13. […] I wrote in the post  Supponpon (Aluminum panel sculpture), to design and to […]

  14. SEXUAL Conotation | Yoshizen's Blog said, on November 2, 2015 at 20:35

    […] the reason why I created so many female nude figure was, simply it is easier. —– it is […]

  15. Mug shot (1) | Yoshizen's Blog said, on July 31, 2018 at 00:58

    […] That is not a kind I was born to do.  = If I make something, its got to be totally unique, and nobody ever conceived kind (so, it should come to the top of google list, such as “yoshi Zappa” “Art figure […]

  16. […] a spray can as a barrel of a macro lens or a discarded drink-can can be made a good sculpturedrink-can can be made a good sculpture etc. […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: