Local artist creates unique tin can robots, feeds the homeless

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by azfamily.com

GMAZ interview by Kaley O'Kelley

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 23 at 2:02 PM

PHOENIX -- If you love fun and unique artwork, then the remarkable recycled tin can pieces by Alexi DeVilliers should be right up your alley.

DeVilliers is not just about creating wonderful, often whimsical, art. He also helps feed the homeless. And he uses his art to do it.

His medium of choice for his work? The cans from the food he buys to make meals for the homeless. It all comes full circle.

"I make robots and sculptures and lamps and fans and sharks, and I sell them at the local galleries," he explained. "That's what pays for the food for the past five years to keep feeding the homeless."

Every Saturday morning, DeVilliers, also known as Fish Liptz, and his wife cook between 100 and 125 fresh meals, which they then pack up and take to a shelter at 10th Avenue and Jefferson Street that helps homeless who are 55 and older.

"I try to make fun meals for them, meals that are hot and homemade," DeVilliers wrote on his website, FishLiptz.com.

DeVilliers' work is available at several locations.

You also can see his artwork at Phoenix First Fridays at 912 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix.

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