About this project
Designed by lead artists Max Poynton and Andrew Grinberg for Burning Man 2012, the Bottlecap Gazebo is a gathering place made from lumber, steel and about 100,000 hand-stitched bottlecaps. It will resemble a massive fire flower, as the roof and shade structures will be made of brightly colored bottlecaps, woven together in beautiful patterns to form petals and leaves. At night, the flower will light up the sky with fire blasts at the whim of participants.
As you approach the Bottlecap Gazebo from afar, it appears as a lotus-like flower of many colors floating in the distance upon a canopy of petals and leaves. Petals made of bottlecaps stretch toward the ground from the Gazebo’s second level, tantalizing participants between glints of sunlight and the textures of flattened metal cap and twisted metal wire. Between the petals, leaves curve upward toward the sky. The second level affords close-up views of the intricate metalwork, bar seating and the opportunity to control the fire effects. The pull of a mechanical lever will shoot a 30 foot fireball into the sky above. With plenty of comfortable bench seating, the space invites conversation and fosters connections between dwellers and the playa city itself.
Our team of over 50 volunteers has already put in over 3,000 hours (and countless bottles of beers) into creating the Bottlecap Gazebo. See our current progress on our Facebook page! Each bottlecap must be sorted, smashed flat, punched with 4 holes, and stitched together into a fabric. They've persuaded over 50 Bay Area bars and clubs to save bottlecaps for art. And it’s not just in the Bay Area - our crew are across the US, in Michigan, Texas, New York, Oregon, Hawaii. We’ve collected caps from Canada, Spain, Tanzania, Thailand, Cambodia, and more. This project lives because of the passion and energy of our team; old friends have grown closer, and new friends have joined us. It is ridiculously time consuming, but the results are amazing. (And we're always looking for more volunteers! Contact us to get involved.)
We are thrilled to partner with the Flux Foundation as our fiscal sponsor, enabling us to accept tax-deductible donations. Their mission is to engage ordinary people in designing and building large-scale public art as a catalyst for education, collaboration and empowerment. Lead artist Max, along with several other bottlecap team members first got to know Flux in 2010, when we volunteered on the Temple of Flux playa crew. The Bottlecap Gazebo is a testament to their program - we feel like Flux helped us to emerge as artists, and we couldn’t be more proud to be working with them on a new project.
Your donation does much more than just buy lumber and hire transportation. It gives an artistic outlet for the passion of our expanding community. It allows the team to create a space for connecting, getting to know one another more intimately, and just plain having fun. And it will allow us to share this blossoming vision of a collaborative, empowering art with everyone. Thank you for any contribution you can make to help us build community through art!
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