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Bottle Village... has got to be one of the more interesting pieces of art I've ever heard about. When I take a cross-country Roadside Attraction Tour of the US, I will make sure to stop here.
This just blows me away...

Beginning construction in 1956 at age 60, and working until 1981, Tressa "Grandma" Prisbrey transformed her 1/3 acre lot into Bottle Village, an otherworld of shrines, wishing wells, walkways, other random constructions, plus 15 life size structures all made from found objects placed in mortar. The name "Bottle Village" comes from the structures themselves - made of tens of thousands of bottles unearthed via daily visits to the dump for years, some of them from her husbands own bad habit. Appearances aside, Bottle Village began as two purely practical needs for a cheap building material to build a structure to store her pencil collection, which eventually numbered 17,000 and a bottle wall to keep away the smell and dust of the adjacent turkey farm. However, it was her own ability to have fun and infuse her wit and whimsy into what she made which over time became the essence of Bottle Village. Practicality alone would not explain The Leaning Tower of Bottle Village, the Dolls Head Shrine, car - headlight - bird - baths, and the intravenous - feeding - tube - firescreen, a few examples of her delightfully idiosyncratic creations.

Knowing this little lady was so resourceful makes me wonder what I really might be capable of doing. I mean, I know I don't have the mathmatical skill set to construct structures out of anything (with the intention that they would last)... what is MY skill set??

She's such a cute little old lady. And what a story, what a life.

The PBS link has a fantastic interactive tour... and includes video interview footage of Grandma Prisbrey.

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