Art from Bottle Tops...

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El Anatsui mostly uses aluminum seals from the tops of liquor bottles, but also incorporates flattened or rolled bottle caps as well. All are meticulously wired together.

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El Anatsui - "Rain Has No Father"
In 1999, the artist happened upon a bag of bottle caps thrown in the bush. He inquired, and found that the local distillery removed the metal caps and seals from used liquor bottles before refilling the containers. And so a steady source ensued.

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El Anatsui
With the help of numerous assistants, Anatsui flattens the seals and folds them into strips that are then woven together with copper wire.

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El Anatsui
It takes almost two months to finish one sculpture.

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El Anatsui -

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El Anatsui -
Thousands of strips of aluminum taken from the seals used on liquor bottles.



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El Anatsui - C-Monster



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El Anatsui

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El Anatsui was born in Ghana before its independence in 1957, but since 1975 he has lived in Nsukka, Nigeria where he is a professor of sculpture at the University of Nigeria. Image by Nash Baker.

El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa, the artist's first career retrospective. The exhibition features some sixty works in wood, metal, ceramic, painting, print and drawing. September 25 - January 22, 2012 at The University of Texas at Austin. March 18 - July 29, 2012 at North Carolina Museum of Art. September 2 - December 30, 2012, Denver Art Museum. February 2 - April 28, 2013, University of Michigan. For a slide show of works in the show:

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Bottlecap Giraffe - Unidentified, 1966, the Smithsonian -

plastic bottle top reuse
Plastic Bottle Top Portrait by Mary Ellen Croteau
Bottom is detail of nose area.

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Chuck Close by Molly B. Right
The bottle caps overlap and date from the 30′s to the 70′s. Transparent washes of glaze are often used to further define the image. Most of the portraits are 4′ x 5′ and are on sheet metal.

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Medusa by Molly B. Right

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Philip Simmons by Molly B. Right

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Great Blue Heron - Molly B. Right

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Bottle Cap Mosaic with help - send this company an image of what you would like to create, they will send you back a template, you supply and attach the caps!

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Bottle cap painting, Vendetta, Portland via

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Gilbert Whyman - Bottle tops on mesh.

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Plastic Bottle Cap Mosaic. A 100m2 mosaic from approximately 90,200 discarded plastic bottle tops. Created for the world cup during 14 June 2010 – 13 July 2010. More pics:

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Aaron Buehring -

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Robert Melee, Enamel, plaster, bottle caps on wood -

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Rick Melee - Redefined Gradual Substitution, 2000 enamel, plaster, beer bottle caps, on wood 25" diam, 20 X 30 inches

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Tom Denninger -

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Barcade, Brooklyn, NY pic by Joshua Reid

aluminum can house

Kipps Bay Decorators' House
Tin can top panelling made by Clare Graham, in area designed by Matthew White
and Frank Webb.   Close up below...

tin can wall

Kipps Bay Decorators' House
Tin can top panelling made by Clare Graham, in area designed by Matthew White and Frank Webb.

bottle cap window

Bottle Cap Window
Desire some privacy?
Cover the window in bottle caps, keeping them in place with plexiglass.

bottle cap table

Bottle Cap Table

bottle cap backsplash

Bottle Cap Backsplash

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Phoenix Commotion Home
Beer bottle cap floor. Image by Miro Dvorscak

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Rick Ladd -

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Bottle cap do.
Photo by Eric Lafforgue.


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