Sunday, December 1, 2013

Blue Bottle Caps Fish

Title: Blue Bottle Cap fish
Artist: John T. Unger
Date: July 8, 2006
This piece is 12.5" high by 44" long.

The fins and tale are cut outs from recycled roofing copper. The body of the fish is made from a variety difference from blue bottle caps. The fishes' face is made from white Beck bottle caps.
Unger's bottle cap fish piece was an inspiration by the Haiti's ritual flags, which was detailed in image with the use of sequins. At first, his first bottle cap art piece Unger combine with vitreous glass tile.

Artist's Brief summary:
John T. Unger was born on November 6, 1967 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is currently located in northern Michigan. John T. Unger was a self-taught educated student.

Artist's Statement:
John T. Unger is an artist and designer known for his art for the "Power of Fire." The Power of Fire is his project on how he makes his art by the strength of steel fused in elemental elegance to create sculptural fine art from the ashes of industry. John Unger's art is made from scrap industrial steel, cutting by hand with a plasma torch set at 4.5 times as hot as the surface of the Sun or Earth's core (magma) at 45,000 degrees Farenheit.

How does it connect to the theme of the show:
I chose this piece of mosaic for the the show because I think it shows that with any type of recyclable pieces you find or have that you can design it to anything that inspires you in nature or life. Also, I think that this captures how real it is, that the blue bottle caps are layered on top representing the scales of the fish. And copper tail curved upward with the body of the fish, it kind of looks like the fish is flapping around after you fished it out the water.

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