START WITH ART: NARI WARD
How does Nari Ward’s arrangement of discarded and recycled bottles in this sculpture change or differ from how you usually see these familiar objects?
- How would you describe the patterns formed by the bottles and spaces in between the bottles hanging in the center of this image?
- What do you notice about the shape of the large object at the top from which the bottles hang?
- How do the glass bottles interact with light?
- What colors do you see? Have you seen bottles that are other colors? How or why do you think the artist chose these colors?
- Can you find bottles or containers set aside for recycling at home?
- Do you see objects of similar size, shape, or color?
- How might you make patterns or assemblages selecting some of the objects to make something new?
Let's make our own message in a bottle using a recycled bottle or container.
- Paper to draw and/or write on
- Pen, pencil and/or drawing materials (markers, crayons, colored pencils)
- Recycled bottle or container, preferably one you can see through
- Windowsill or sunny indoor spot
- Start by thinking of a wish, story, or note you’d like to share with someone. This can be the type of wish you’d make before blowing out birthday candles for something exciting or joyful. Your message could also express feelings of worry, fear, or sadness, as a step toward healing. Your message can be personal, or one that shares your hopes and dreams connected to a social issue.
- Write out your note or draw a picture of your wish on paper.
- Fold your wish or note so that it’s small enough to fit inside the mouth of your recycled bottle, and push it through down to the bottom.
- Seal the bottle using its original cap, or one you make out of other found materials. Nari Ward sealed the bottles in Untold to capture the messages inside.
- Place your bottle in a windowsill or sunny spot where your wishes or worries can interact with the light.
How can you create your own bottle tree using recycled containers at home? How can this bottle tree reflect the wishes of multiple family members and/or friends?
- How does seeing your wishes or messages for joys, hopes or healing in this way make you feel?
- Is this container more special now than when you found it? Why or why not?
- If you were going to create your own assemblage or sculpture from recycled materials, what materials would you use? What shapes would you create?