What are we up to?
Using a mosaic technique we pioneered called impressionist mosaics, we want to create a series of large scale artworks using nothing but beer crowns. Unlike
traditional mosaics which employ cut or bent tiles to create colors and shapes,
impressionist mosaics maintain a strict grid structure and use color and texture within the component tiles
produce an image. With fastidious tile selection and careful rotation we can
create works of extraordinary detail. The image below is a digital mock-up of one of our proposed artworks.
Why beer crowns?
now our impressionist mosaics have been created from marble or semi-precious stones, but
we've recently turned our attention to a little-noticed jewel with a special
place in American culture; beer bottle crowns. With the help of our own software, we evaluate each tile placement based on color, contrast and internal marking, with every possible rotation considered. After many iterations, which includes manual replacements, the image begins to take on its stunning detail, smooth color transitions, and crisp edges. Working with tens of
thousands of beer crowns with a relatively limited color range is no mean feat,
but it pays off with rich, sparkling, eye-catching detail.
Where does my money go?
contributions will help cover the costs of building and mounting the
mosaics; including amassing and shipping hard-to-find undamaged crowns, risers and adhesive along with backing substrates and other mounting paraphernalia. We are also building our own special bottle
openers that don’t bend the crowns in an effort to collect from local bars and
All the images shown here are artist renditions of the final artworks. The final mosaics will vary in size from 32 square feet to 60 square feet and we anticipate using over 150,000 crowns.
This is the design of our LowBraü piece titled HOPS. It is a parody of Shepard Fairey's iconic HOPE print and is available as both a poster and t-shirt to pledgers.
Weighing in at over 7 feet this mosaic will be made up of 4042 crowns from your favorite breweries, including Mother Earth, Summit, Pyramid, Flying Dog, Dundee and Stiegl. Magic Hat and Labatt provide the shadowy background and the highlights in her hair come courtesy of Sierra Nevada, Anderson Valley and Lagunitas breweries. Thank you Sleeman's beaver for the green eyes.
Seen above is the design for our HighBraü piece based on da Vinci's La Scapigliata . Designing a readable mosaic in only 3 feet is particularly challenging, but this piece is truly stunning and a physical mosaic is available to our highest pledgers. Photos of a physical build will be featured soon.