Now more than 100 years old, Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, North Carolina, is a lush, flowing, naturalistic Southern-style garden ~ 67 acres of thousands of azaleas, camellias, magnolias, wisteria, wildlife, walking trails, freshwater lakes and, at the heart of it all, the grand 467-year-old Airlie Oak.
This detail shot is from the Bottle Chapel, located within the gardens. Crafted by seven area artists and one gardener as a temple to the memory of visionary artist (and Airlie gatekeeper) Minnie Evans, it was created using 5,000 recycled bottles, chicken wire and cement, and embellished with handmade works of copper, clay and glass tile.
Happy New Year's Eve everyone ~ and take care not to create too many empty bottles tonight! ;)
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Porteplume (3470) 2013-12-31 7:14
I think we have such "naïve" art in France, look at here, we call it a "Folie" (Madness)
Great way to send your "Best Wishes" and I hope many will try to listen to you and "not create too many bottles tonight" especially if they want to drive back home afterwards...
Bons Voeux & Have a great night!
Amitiés - Viviane
Silvio1953 (152991) 2013-12-31 8:10
Ciao Kristin, lovely and original composition, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, Happy New Year, ciao Silvio
rigoletto (34279) 2013-12-31 10:32
hi kris. i wondered what it is and found the complete versions of this bottle chapel. it indeed is an original work. and kudos for getting this detail out of that place. and it is done 26 years after 1982 :)
ps: warm wishes for the new year. i already emptied 2 bottles of beer and 1 bottle of wine. there's more to come :))
abmdsudi (57720) 2014-01-01 20:25
It's that time of year...
You are certainly coming up with some different stuff, an excellent still life shot just for a bit of fun to cheer us up. Nice idea with plain light coloured bottles taken from such pov and green looks glueing the eye and great in contrast together, this looks better with the slight darker background and sharp as a pin. The lighting works well and the reflective glass emphasises this.
Just hope the hangover is not too bad after all that...
Ice and lemon for me..
Hoping you a wonderful Holiday and Happy New Year..
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-01-03 15:19
Would love to see the Airlie Gardens. Nice capture of those bottles, I like your pov and it has good lighting. Well done, tfs.
Oumar (26) 2014-01-05 23:15
I love the pattern! I also find it very creative how you included the green bottle, it gives more character to the photo. Great job!