For 101-year-old artist, age has not diminished a sense of humor

Photos by Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

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Outside Isadore Waber’s apartment in Canton is his tribute to cans and caffeine: a life-size sculpture of a fitness buff working out on an actual exercise cycle.

Switch it on and it shakes, rattles, and roars. It’s made from genuine coffee cans (Maxwell House, Folgers — you name it, no favorites here).

The can man (or woman?) is just one example — and not even the most unusual — of the paintings, sculptures, collages, and various other unclassifiable artwork that Waber has created over the past century.

Yes, century. Waber turned 101 in December, and Orchard Cove, a Hebrew SeniorLife retirement community in Canton, is celebrating his life’s work with an exhibit of 20 pieces that range from sequined paintings to a painted sports coat celebrating Mickey Mantle.

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