Bottle Caps Shakers, Throwers and Crashers

Shakers, Throwers and Crashers made from collected bottle caps, laundry detergent lids and other bits of recycled plastic. I started collecting bottle caps at plastic redemption machines in Brooklyn, NY, where mostly homeless men and women would redeem plastic bottles for 5-10 cents apiece. The machines refused bottles with caps attached, leaving them for me to collect.

Alex Lockwood, US


Alex Lockwood makes abstract sculpture from colorful material, often repurposed or recycled.

He builds with one primary component which is repeated many times to create patterns and structures. His material is often recognizable (bottle caps, shotgun shells, bread tabs and lottery tickets) though not always immediately. A familiar object seen in unfamiliar numbers can be alien at first glance, and Lockwood finds power and beauty in presenting commonplace material on an uncommon scale.

Alex Lockwood is a self-taught artist from Seattle, WA. He lives in Nashville with his wife and their two sons.

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What have we learnt?
  • Imagine the sounds made by all those plastic caps on wire