Ian Vandenberg, the artist behind Pelican Capworks, creates elaborate mosaics using nothing more than colored bottle caps from beer bottles. The South Louisiana native started collecting caps while working as a tour guide for his favorite brewery, Abita. .
I wanted to combine my two favorite things--beer and art"
Ian begins each work by planning the design in AutoCAD. He works as a draftsman in an architecture firm and says the skill set compliments his artwork seamlessly. Once he has designed the mosaic on the screen, he calculates how many caps he needs and places an order with Abita. Ian said that he has yet to find a brewery that has caps of so many different colors.
The first piece Ian ever made was his pelican. The pelican is the state bird of Louisiana. It lives above his dining room table and, unlike his other works, not reproducable--it includes caps of certain colors that Abita no longer makes.
I remember going to the store to get 6-packs of Abita beer with the specific cap colors I needed to finish the pelican
Pelican Capworks pieces are for sale. Ian has a "standard collection" from which people can shop. Prices range from $25-2000 dollars depending on the piece.
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