Atlas Mosaic in Glass and Bottle Caps, 2003

Bottle cap mosaic of atlas holding up the world


Atlas Bottle Cap Sculpture, 2003
Vitreous glass tile, bottle caps, copper, Hardibacker substrate over plywood.
60″ H x 36″ W x 1.5″ D
Collection: Cleveland Clinic Foundation

What I love most about this piece is the variety of interpretations I’ve heard— from holding up the weight of the worlds garbage, to being crushed by alcoholism, to a desire to drink in the entire world. They all work.

I love this image and recently did a life-size steel collage working from the same source. Check it out (and learn more about the Loteria game the image is based on) here.