Earth Day: Artist Willie Cole recycles water bottles into chandeliers for ...
In the Earth Day-related exhibit, water bottles are at once symbols of Cole's environmentalism, his belief in the oneness of all that exists, and his success at supporting himself with his art.
Joined by lengths of sturdy wire, the array of empty bottles represents the connection of thousands of individuals. "When the water flows out of the bottle the person's breath flows into the bottle," Cole says. "That breath, to me, represents the spirit."
"The multiplication of single objects is a study in oneness," he explains. "Even though we appear to be separate and different. there's only one life force and it's in all of us, so we are all connected."