Bottled V.2 Re-design Project
In the fall of 2009 I was contacted by the Jersey City Museum to help collect recycled water bottles for a local artist who was planning to create an installation with them. A few months later the teachers & students of MS #4 had helped collect over 1,300 bottles. The bottles were used by artist Pollie Barden in her Bottled V.2 installation www.bottledproject.org
On May 25, 2010 my students and I began working with Ms. Barden on re-designing her installation in the windows of the Mack-Cali building in downtown Jersey City. After numerous prototypes and sketches, the students decided to use the water bottles to create a life-size log cabin.
On Thursday (6/3/2010) we took our first trip to the windows to begin the installation. The students worked quickly to cut and put bottles together to create logs and then began stacking them. Because the window space is narrow only three students could work in the window at a time. The other students worked in the adjacent parking garage.
Here are the students with artist Pollie Barden seeing the window for the first time. The bags of bottles in the window will be used in the installation. Students and teachers at
MS #4 donated over 1,300 recycled bottles to this project.
The inside of the window space prior to installation. Pollie taped down a string of blue lights that will help illuminate the sculpture at night.
In order to make the "logs" students had to cut off the bottle of each bottle and then slide it over the top of another bottle. Because adhesives would prevent the bottles from being recycled once the installation is dismantled students had to come up with an alternative way to hold the bottles together.
Here is the window space filled with the water bottle logs the students created. In our first day of installing we cut and assembled over 400 bottles.
In addition to building a log cabin, students also decided to create a flower garden, insects, and birds out of the scraps of water bottles we cut. The flower garden will decorate the front of the cabin while the insects and birds will be hung around the cabin. Students from my Artistically Talented Class are working in the classroom to create these additions.
On Thursday June 8th we went back to the window space to finish the installation. We quickly worked to cut and assembly more logs. We brought with us the many flowers that my students created in the classroom as well as some fabulous bugs. The photo on the right shows the students working in the window.
Here is a shot of the log cabin from inside the space (left photo) and what it looks like from the outside. A tower of bottles were added for the roof and chimeny. The bugs were hung from a wire suspended over the cabin. In front of the cabin, displayed on the window ledge, are our beautiful plastic flowers
I love these flying bugs!!! My students are so creative! They figured out a way to create wings using one bottle and then inserted the top of another bottle for the head. One student even figured out a way to cut little legs out of the plastic body.
These are the flowers lined up on the window ledge. They are a little hard to see because of the reflection on the glass and because the bottles are transparent but they are quite beautiful and a great addition to the cabin.
Bottled V.2 Re-design Reception
On June 22, 2010 a reception was held for all of the students who worked on the re-design projects. Their friends and family attended as well. Anyone who attended the event was presented with a plastic flower pin created by the students. A photographer from the Jersey Journal also attended. Below is the photo that was published in the paper.