Recycled Soda Bottles Create A Rainbow Canopy To Provide Shade [Pics]

Recycled Soda Bottles Create A Rainbow Canopy To Provide Shade [Pics]

Designer and students used recycled softdrink bottles filled with colored water to create a colorful installation.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 28 may 2013

Designer Garth Britzman, along with students from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, came up with an ingenious way to use recycled soda bottles. He filled them with different colored water and hung them up like a canopy with different lengths of string. The result is an artsy and colorful installation.


The project, called (POP)culture, was created using 1,581 used bottles, which Britzman obtained from the campus recycling program at the university. He used Rhinoceros, a 3D modeling program, to create the design and desired surface of the soda bottle installation, and Grasshopper, a scripting software, to come up with a dataset with the different lengths of string and color of the liquid for each soda bottle.


The project was completed with 20 volunteers working for about three weeks. The volunteers helped cut the strings, clean and prepare the bottles, build the grid and wooden structure for the canopy, and, of course, string up the bottles.

Scroll through the images below to see more of the finished product.

(POP)culture // Instructables


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