Virginia Tech students build house out of 40,000 water bottles

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This week, Virginia Tech students are helping an artist build a sculpture made out of 40,000 water bottles. 

“I plan to turn all of these water bottles into some type of outdoor experience in the form of sculpture. I’m not sure what it’s going to be yet,” said Willie Cole, the artist in charge of the project. “I started thinking it would be a house, but I like to keep it open.”

The sculpture is an initiative to bring awareness to Blacksburg Sustainability Week. Cole says projects like these are essential for better understanding of the environment. 

“The great thing about these projects is that the student who get involved have the awareness of how many water bottles there are in the world,” said Cole. “Even more than the finished product, it’s the process that inspires and informs people.”

Since beginning the project on Monday, Cole has had the help of 100 Virginia Tech students thread wire through the water bottles. 

Students also helped collect the 40,000 water bottles throughout the month. 

Blacksburg Sustainability Week is in its’ 12th year, and its’ mission is to help facilitate environmental stewardship in Blacksburg and to reduce the environmental impact locally and globally. 

Cole hopes his art brings a message.

“All my art is to tell you that everything is anything, and anything is everything. That all things are one thing. Anything is possible. This is a school of art and architecture so this is informing them of new ways to build, new ways to see, and new ways to create.”

Cole and Virginia Tech students will finish the sculpture on Thursday, September 20. It will stay outside of the Media Annex until December for students and faculty to enjoy. 

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