Can you tell what types of soda cans were used to make this toy helicopter? Children in many areas of Africa are very skilled at making toys out of the different things they find. This helicopter was made by a young boy in Mali out of empty soda cans, wire, old flip flops and part of an old bicycle tire inner tube. The collector purchased this helicopter and other toys during his travels in West Africa from boys as they played with the toys in a street in the outskirts of Bamako, Mali. After bartering with the children in traditional African style, the collector persuaded them to sell him the toys. Toys like this have different meaning to different people throughout the world. In Africa, children play with them, or they are sold to tourists. In the West, they are purchased by private collectors, museums and galleries and are recognized as art forms.
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Handicraft -- Africa
Recycling (Waste, etc.)
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