When it comes to the United States Of America, I don’t think there is any better place to leave. Of course, this is just my opinion, but when the 4th of July rolls around it’s all about relaxing, celebrating America with your friends, family, and neighbors, and enjoying the freedoms that are awarded to us and protected thanks to our many troops in the military. That’s when I saw this, I knew I had to share! There is an artist that goes by the name of John T. Unger who works with industrial scrap metal to create sculptures which he cuts by hand with a plasma torch that reaches 45,000° F, more than four times hotter than the surface of the sun! He works mostly with recycled materials in order to limit “[his] impact on natural resources, climate and the environment.” He is most well known for creating absolutely beautiful fire bowls out of this recycled metal but occasionally he is commissioned to work on special projects out of specific types of material. In this instance, Golden Voice and Budweiser commissioned him to make a larger than life American flag out of bottle caps for the 2015 Stagecoach Music Festival. And although some would make jest of the flag being made out of beer bottle caps as an iconic symbol of the America of today, I believe it truly is a symbol of the American dream that anyone with determination and the wherewithal to work hard can be successful in life.
I know what you were thinking and no, Unger did not have to drink a lot of beer in order to complete this project! The bottle caps were provided to him by Budweiser with the added benefit of already being separated by color saving Unger the trouble of having to sort the red, white, and blue caps!
Unger used a projector in order to trace the design onto wooden boards.
Each of the 28,000 bottle caps had to have a hole punched into their center.
Each bottle cap was individually attached to the boards with finishing nails.
Because bottle caps are round and stars have points, Unger crimped 5 bottle caps for each of the 50 stars in order for the stars to look more star-like in the design.
Attaching each bottle cap precisely was painstaking work and took several days to complete.
Almost done with Old Glory in all her bottle cap glory! I like how he designed it to appear like the flag is being rippled by the wind instead of being perfectly straight.
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