Friday, April 11th, 2008 Archives


At the end of the day we managed to get about six hundred of the bottles in the air, mostly thanks to help from CLU student Bret Bays, who worked with me to tie together clusters of bottles for Pablo to hang on the branches. We should finish Monday afternoon. A nice surprise that I didn’t expect was the large number of people who asked us what we were doing and were very appreciative. We’re going to have to put signs up to describe the process.

I think the installation would look incredible with another thousand bottles, but I guess we have to follow the rules. There aren’t enough bottles to suspend from each branch, so I’ve chosen to arrange them roughly in a solar cross. 

Jason Redmond, a photographer from the Ventura County Star, showed up to shoot pictures for the paper, so I’m hoping an article will show up soon. He’s a great shooter; he did a story on my life drawing class a year ago.

I’ve become very aware of using water bottles as a result of this project. We really need to stop using these things. If every family is using an average of 836 bottles a year, imagine what this looks like multiplied by the population of Los Angeles! Pretty scary. We need to get those filter things that attach to the tap and get in the habit of drinking from re-useable bottles. 


A good morning’s work at the Town Centre. With the help of Pablo (seen here hanging a cluster of bottles) we managed to hang about two hundred and fifty bottles. There’s a long way to go, but this is progress. Pablo works at the shopping centre and helped us with the project by driving the scissor lift back and forth. Their insurance won’t allow non-employees to operate machinery.

An unexpected treat: when the wind blows, the bottles sway and rattle against each other. 



When we get all of them up I think it’s going to look exactly like it did in my dream.