Beautiful bottle caps? Really?
Yes, really. This photo doesn't quite do justice to an art installation, called "be like water," currently on exhibit at The Skybox in Fishtown. So my imperfect words must describe what has to be the most lovely and ingenious re-use of plastic bottles and caps you'll ever gaze upon and wonder, "How did they do that?"
Better yet, you should go see it for yourself. The Skybox is the massive, two-story atrium located within 2424 Studios, at 2424 E. York St., whose lofts house eclectic businesses with a creative bent. One of the residents is art curator Eileen Tognini, who commissioned last year's funky and beautiful "Titan and the Firelies," a crazy exhibit that made wonderful use of the gallery's huge space
"Be Like Water," another Tognini commission, is just as arresting. Created by artist Aurora Robson, with copious help from students at city public, private, community and charter schools, the installation uses thousands of plastic bottles and caps, collected by the kids, to create ethereal, delicate, crystal-like forms that gitter and sway on suspended filament. Walking under them is like gliding beneath dangling ice sculpures.