Saturday, September 22, 2007

Collecting bottle tops is one of the ways I keep a hold on aspects of this life that seem out of control. In the act of collecting and appreciating the otherwise expendable objects, we are made aware that often people are too busy doing more important things, with little time for curiosity. Bottle caps that once contain something not so precious, can embody something much more once discarded. The older they get the more beautiful they are. Something found, saved from being lost forever, turned into something beautiful, can be considered a high form of art and not just a hobby. Bottle tops have become a new source of inspiration to create artworks as a humorous glorification of the everyday cultural artifact. In this simple, accessible and familiar material lies suggestion of personal experience, and critique of popular culture. Not all so glamorous as we might believe is needed to create. However, sustainable development is defined as “balancing the fulfillment of human needs with the protection of the natural environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but in the indefinite future.” Not so hard to aspect to my “hobby”. I believe that this medium makes people think, not only about issues that concern us all but what concerns them personally. So, I’m going to hold on to my feelings about this, and my bottle tops.

1 comment:

amandak said...

Your thoughts are great. I used to work with someone who also collected bottle caps as a hobby. They ordered old caps from an online website for cheap and collected on their own. They also ended up making jewelry out of them and selling re-used caps. They pierced a small hole in the top of the cap and made neckalaces out of them. They were very cute and I even ended up buying one.