Above, a 2011 sculpture by Cayla Lewis: 22 empty Budweiser bottles on a hand-made shelf with brass plaque reading “I JUST WANTED YOU TO BE PROUD OF ME.”
I like the title’s implication of an untold story contained in these 22 Budweiser empties.
Personally, I had always envisioned the “99 bottles of beer on the wall” from the song being lined up on the top of an outdoor brick wall. If the bottles in the song were meant to be on wall-mounted shelves, I think the song would be called “99 Bottles of Beer on the Shelf.”
That said, here are two more brand-specific artworks for Budweiser-Fine-Arts week. Like the Fleming Twins, “100 Cans of Tilted Beer” from yesterday’s post, both of these sculptures above reference that song, but do not illustrate it.
Although 11 is a factor both of the 22 bottles in Lewis’s sculpture and in the 99 bottles Schwartz’s title. (See also: Birthday Mathematics)