Friday, June 5, 2009

A New Pinnacle of Bottle Cap Madness

The past month has been busy. There's been a lot of busy-ness, and not a whole lot on the creative front that's felt really productive. Except for this.


I have continued to collect plastic bottle caps, wash them, drill them, and connect them with wire. I suspended the wire tendrils from two layers of scrap plywood and on a whim, added strands of Christmas lights. I did the installation at SCRAP's new Re:Vision gallery, as part of the Leave No Plastic Behind show that opens tonight at 6 pm. It's out in the lobby of the office part of the building, and I really like the way it looks! Kind of like a Chihuly-inspired jellyfish made out of plastic junk.


I took these photos with my iPhone, and I don't have access right now to the "in process" photos I took on my regular camera (I'm taking advantage of a flight delay at Midway Airport in Chicago to post this). So, the quality of the images isn't the greatest, but I think you can get an idea - right now, the piece pretty much fills the gap between floor and ceiling, and I'm really liking the density of it.

Now, of course, I'm wanting to do something larger. So, if you've been saving bottle caps for me, and I haven't gotten to you yet, hang on to them. I still want them - e-mail me directly at sparky at eyesaflame dot com, and we'll figure out a way to connect! And big thanks to Dave and Su Lute, Darren Lute, Joh and Thane Thornton, Jo-El Hibian and Hubby, Leslie Peterson and Jim Sapp, Gretchin Lair and Sven Bonnichsen over at Scarlet Star Studios, Alea Bone and Family, and any one else who's given me bottle caps that I have forgotten!

9 comments:

Janna said...

Love the chandeliers!! Great creative work, congrats!

SisterDG said...

Wow, this is just beautiful! I love the lights in the center, and I imagine that there's lots of movement and sparkle happening when you're seeing it "in person." Bravo, my friend!

Leslie Peterson said...

I could see this being part of a beautiful full room installation with lights-- like we are underwater with the lighted, plastic ocean creatures. I love it, its beautiful. I feel like I want to just dive in and make an installation (or maybe what I mean is tell you how to make your installation!!)

Very inspiring.

damerhetoric said...

so much better than Chihuly! I love it. I wish I could see it "live."

MB Shaw said...

I *love* this. It is so funny, but I've been saving caps for a long time too although I've only used them in conjuntion with my 2D art. You have definitely taken this to a much higher level and its incredible the beauty you have achieved. Congrats!

patricia said...

This looks so great! The lights definitely add the final touch.

fingerstothebone said...

It's gorgeous!

Kay said...

I thought I was the only person out there insane enough to think of saving these things!

I started collecting them more than 5 years ago when I was hitting the curbside recycling bins looking for those "boxtops for education". I had previously started a "Barney Bag" for putting those odds and ends that might have a creative application, and I realized I was running across a lot of plastic pieces - especially bottle caps that were particularly colorful. (Plastic Laundry detergent bottles also are colorful)... So I started collecting. I haven't done anything nearly of this size, but I have done several smaller pieces of garden art... Mainly mobiles...
It's great to see someone doing some really big and great things with these!

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