Mike Valle of Recaps Art: Bottle Cap Art
Mike Valle started saving bottle caps about 15 years ago. He was initially attracted to the variety of colors and designs they came in, so he decided to keep them. Although he never had a clear purpose for them, he knew they could be given another use. Several years, and thousands of saved up bottle caps later, he got inspired and created his first bottle cap painting: the Mona Lisa.
Since then, Mike Valle has used over 15000 bottle caps to make his bottle cap art pieces. His style reminds us of the Pop Art Movement of the 50’s, which used iconic symbols of contemporary culture. On top of that, the round shaped of the bottle caps reminds us of the dotted designs of Roy Lichtenstein.
Mike Valle’s stunning bottle cap art is mostly inspired by iconic portraits of popular culture. His art is displayed as modern day mosaics. The artworks play with the dichotomy between farsightedness and nearsightedness. If you get too close to a piece, you will only see a whole lot of bottle caps, but if you take a step back, you will clearly see the whole picture.
His studio in Greensboro, North Carolina (USA) is a never-ending source of creativity. The work of Mike Valle is a statement on reusability and the endless possibilities that can be achieved by using a common material like the aluminum bottle caps.