I have a definite thing for any art that is made from reclaimed or recycled materials, but I think art made of reclaimed glass has to be one of my favorites! I came across this really cool website called Vitreosity the other day and filed it away in my “Stuff to Blog About” board on Pinterest. Vitreosity is the work of Tom Krepcio and includes just about anything you could ever want to see or know about stained glass. From bottle art to historical stained glass to resources and history on the subject, I’d say Tom has a pretty cool thing going! I was particularly inspired by some of the glass bottle buildings he shared, and simply had to share a post of my own on the subject! Hope you enjoy =)
Structured, Modern Bottle Walls & Architecture:
Revision Lounge in Manhattan, made of all-recycled materials, including a bottle wall bar! In love with the warm glow the put off.
Wine bottle wall from a Napa Valley winery. Simple, clean, sophisticated.
Bottle wall at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.
Lordy do not get so close! I know, i know- it’s glued together – but still makes me nervous!
Buddhist monks from Thailand’s Sisaket province collected an incredible million bottles to build the Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple. I think this is definitely the most epic thing I have yet to find made from bottles.
Mysterious bottle house in the ghost town of Calico, California. There is no information on how this house got here, nor how long ago it was built. But still pretty great!
Organic, Free Form Bottle Walls & Structures:
A wild one indeed, this colorful wall is near an arts center in Deep Ellum area of Dallas, Texas.
Grandma Prisbrey’s Bottle Village – Located in Simi Valley, California – features a series of 13 sheds and building all made from bottles. Her creation is praised by art scholars and has inspired the work of many other artists since it’s creation – it’s even a state historical landmark. My favorite fact about her Bottle Village? She originally created this space to house her pencil collect (17,000 of them – holy crap!).
The Market Hall in Altenrhein, Switzerland
Credits & Resources:
Bottle Houses: http://www.agilitynut.com/h/bh.html
Grandma Prisbrey’s Bottle Village: http://www.vanace.com/BV/index.htm
Buddhist Bottle Temple: http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-product-design/buddhist-temple-built-from-beer-bottles.html
Bottle Architecture – Vitreosity: http://www.krepcio.com/vitreosity/archives/cat_bottle_walls.html
Flickr Photo Credits: Inhabitat, rsun78, plumandjello, aimforawesome.
*Photo Credits from Flickr accounts and may not necessarily be the original source of such images. I have however included these credits to recognize where I originally found the images.