Upcycled material may be free, but it can take a lot of time to prepare.

Between Friday evening and Sunday morning I pick up several bottles from some local establishments. Once home I

  1. soaked these in the tub

  2. scraped off the paper labels with a kitchen knife

  3. covered them in a soda and oil paste

  4. rubbed them free of the set residue

  5. rinsed, dried, and wiped again

I only repeated this method, 53 times, and this added up to 8.5 hours of my weekend. It feel good to see all the clean bottles lined up awaiting the next step in the evolution from rubbish to art. Despite this wonderful feeling, I cannot help but think, I get to do this all over again next weekend.