30,000 bottle caps decorate russian pensioner's home
30,000 bottle caps decorate russian pensioner's home
sep 12, 2012

30,000 bottle caps decorate russian pensioner's home

russian pensioner olga kostina used 30,000 plastic bottle caps to decorate her home image © reuters / ilya naymushin

in the russian village of kamarchaga, in the siberian taiga, russian pensioner olga kostina has used 30,000 plastic bottle caps to adorn her home with colorful patterns and images – making it somewhat of a local landmark. over many years, in the isolated rural town situated just in the perimeter of the taiga’s forest, kostina collected the lids and once she felt there was enough she created detailed murals across the walls of her home with images of traditional macrame motifs and various creatures living in the neighboring woodland. hammering every cap by hand, kostina used the conventional macrame technique of weaving and knit knots to fabricate the detailed mosaics.

30,000 bottle caps decorate russian pensioner's home kostina used the conventional macrame technique of weaving and knit knots to fabricate the detailed mosaics image © reuters / ilya naymushin

30,000 bottle caps decorate russian pensioner's home detail image of the re-interpreted mural image © reuters / ilya naymushin

30,000 bottle caps decorate russian pensioner's home the murals depict images of traditional motifs and various woodland creatures image © reuters / ilya naymushin

30,000 bottle caps decorate russian pensioner's home kostina hammered in each individual cap image © reuters / ilya naymushin

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  • I like it,it is a creative house.wonderful

    lois says:
  • Cool idea! Still manage to keep a Russian look to it 🙂 Very nice indeed!

    tt says:
  • This is living art – the best of its kind.

    gnasti says:
  • Olga, I love you to pieces.

    Wendy Drolma says:
  • Gorgeous and lovely…

    karla says:
  • resourceful and fantastic. best things come from necessity and imagination.

    melissa says:
  • cheers

    dbkii says:
  • Absolutely fabulous. I love it! I only hope they don’t fade in the sunlight…as all colored plastics do. Perhaps living so far northg, the sun is weaker.

    Its just stunning. I wish my house looked just like this!

    urban_woodswalker says:
  • 哇,很好看~喜欢,换做是我奶奶肯定不会想到~

    高萍 says:
  • Very creative and very useful of plastic – recycle.. I liked it…Keep it up.
    We must learn to use plastic in such creative way.

    Nicky says:
  • Awesome!

    Reblogged on http://newniceandfun.tumblr.com

    newniceandfun says:
  • Wonderful!

    tod says:
  • wa ha ha ha ha – ! wonderful work ! lovely !

    chighug says:
  • Very creative!

    Billy Hung says:
  • Such a perfect example of how the ordinary can become both extraordinary and beautiful with and application of imagination and vision

    Gen55 says:
  • What an inspiration! Thank you Olga for showing us the beautiful things in life!

    SARA says:
  • Our magic comes from within, inspired by the world we inhabit and the resources we stumble across.
    How to teach people to listen to the small voice that guides them to the plastic bottle caps, and allows them to be viewed as beautiful?
    Olga? How did you do it?

    Wendywonderland says:
  • this is toatally wacky!

    samule berry says:
  • Wonderful. Great use of plastic waste and beautiful and creative

    Gitama says:
  • That is awesome~~!!

    creatygirl says:

    LOUISA says:
  • wow! thats awesome!
    i love it♥

    NanHai says:
  • Wonderful, she is very creative!

    Solange says:
  • Dear Olga,
    My name is Lis and i´m from Brazil.
    Your house is very, very, very beautiful!!!!
    You are a great artist!!!!

    Lis says:

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