Uptown (Lower Queen Anne) and Nearby Belltown Sights

Uptown (Lower Queen Anne) and Nearby Belltown Sights

As I ponder the many beautiful sights in Seattle, I am reminded of images of Mt. Rainier on a crisp clear day, the Space Needle shining high over Seattle’s landscape, the historic Pike Place Market overflowing with energy and excitement, tranquil sunsets gleaming over Lake Union, and the EMP building which hosts biographies of famous pop stars (Experience Music Project)….(actually, Seattle’s EMP structure may be an eyesore to most, but it is noted as an architectural masterpiece…a tangled architectural masterpiece in my book).

Who would’ve ever imagined that garbage could be included in these fine list of sights? Art made from used plastic bottle caps? Okay, so maybe I’m over exaggerating on the scenic part, but certainly not on the concept. In the decade we live in recycling, built green homes, and conservation has been a top priority on many agendas. But apparently, not all products are wanted by recycling plants. Bottle caps, for one, can often get wedged into conveyer belts presenting problems on the machinery. So, what do we do with all of the plastic bottle caps? Relive our college days and play an endless game of caps? Trenton Doyle Hancock had a solution….call it a vision. To breakdown all of the unwanted plastic bottle caps and to create works of art.

If you’re in the Belltown area, near Sculpture Park, take a gander in the PACCAR Pavilion. In the Pavilion, there is a large image of a creepy weathered hand created from broken down bottle caps of all colors. It’s no Mona Lisa, but it is inspiring to see how garbage can be created into works of art. Below his piece, there are bins that you can contribute your used plastic bottle caps in, so it too can be turned into works of art. (The Pavilion is open to the public from Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Belltown, a community filled with endless amenities, fine dining, thrill and excitement, now adds it’s own mini recycling plant to its repertoire. Time to save those plastic bottle caps!

by Mark Osaki, Seattle Realtor & Condo Specialist, Cooper Jacobs Real Estate  mark@cooperjacobs.com