Folk Art, Uncovered: Home Bejeweled in 30,000 Bottle Caps

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 - Interior Design

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The Siberian taiga is a huge stretch of land that is very sparsely populated. Homes may be many miles apart from one another, with neighbors rarely seeing one another. In this beautiful but lonely landscape, one older woman keeps herself busy with a decidedly creative hobby.

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Olga Kostina lives in the rural Russian village of Kamarchaga. For many years, she saved and collected the colorful plastic caps that come on soda bottles. Once Olga amassed several thousand caps, she began her work: decorating her home and surrounding outbuildings with the bits of plastic.

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Olga nails each and every bottle cap to the buildings herself. As she arranges them, patterns and pictures emerge. Some of the murals are traditional colorful motifs while others depict the many animals that live around her property.

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All told, Olga has used around 30,000 bottle caps on her buildings so far. She continues to add to the murals and hopes to one day completely cover every surface of every building on her property.

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These mosaics take folk art to a whole new level, combining recycling with traditional images to create something entirely new. That Olga is able to create pictures this detailed and colorful using only plastic bottle lids is a testament to her creativity and determination.

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This creative woman’s efforts have not gone unnoticed – her property has become something of an attraction for those living in the area. With an unlimited supply of bottle lids and blank surfaces to work with, there’s no telling what Olga could come up with. It would be amazing to see every home in her village covered in similar art one day.

Images via Reuters/Ilya Naymushin

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