Sunday, May 10, 2009

More Bottlecap Madness

So, apparently, getting images of an iPhone is really simple. Once you figure out how to do it.

It took me awhile.

Here's a picture of the installation on the floor before I got it over to Keen headquarters for the installation and event last month . . . I was hoping for the tendrils to have some life and energy.

The bottle caps ended up kind of cuddly - here's Cheryl, the founder of Leave No Plastic Behind giving the installation a little hug . . .

And here it is hanging in Keen headquarters before the folks from Algalita Marine Research Foundation gave their presentation.

It ended up being long . . . but I wasn't really crazy about how it came out. It looks too long and stringy . . . all of the bottle caps are connected with wire, and I was hoping that they would have a little more spring, curl, bounce, life.

I'm reworking it now, stringing some of the strands on heavier wire and then looking at other ways of suspending the strands of caps. I'm wanting them to cluster more . . . and I'm thinking that I'll need more to really give it the fullness I want . . . It's like I'm wanting it to almost feel like a jellyfish or an octopus or a Chihuly glass piece.

I'm even imagining an entire room filled with bristling walls of bottle caps, bottle caps dangling from the ceiling, so it becomes an utterly tactile experience . . .

I don't think I'll get that far by the time the next installation goes up at SCRAP at the beginning of June, but I think it's going to be a much more interesting piece by then!


Adrianne in Portland said...

Just awesome!

Leslie Peterson said...

Oh, it looks so different than I had visualized it. The Chihuly reference is plain to see! I love the way it curls. I am looking forward to seeing it in later incarnations. I also have more caps for you. (Do you happen to have any interest in disposable razor blades?)

Michael5000 said...

Random thought... could you find some (recycled) (plastic) scrap telephone cord -- you know, from pre-cordless phones -- and string the caps on then. Because that would be hella springy!

diane said...

I'm glad to finally see this. Good job. I can see this becoming a body of work for you.

I am saving bottle caps for you, but finding I don't really have that many....What about lids from vitamin bottles? What about lids from deli containers and other bigger plastic lids that are not recyclable?

Regarding your wanting it to look different.....what about a bigger "mass" at the top....perhaps made up of bigger plastic a jelly fish body. Let me know if you want to brainstorm sometime.

gl. said...

whoo! thanks for the pix! i'm looking forward to dropping off my very small collection of bottlecaps. :)

Alea Bone said...

Love it! Love the colors and the length. It does look like some form of sea life. I like the idea of bigger caps at the top. Keep going, you're on a roll!