Old Glory Bottle Cap Flag Art in Progress: April 4-17

Old Glory bottle cap flag art progress


The trailer is here and it’s install day! My studio assistant Jamie and I carry out the first of the big sections.

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Laying all the panels out and hoping that they fit easily into the framework as planned.

Old Glory bottle cap flag art progress

My plan was for the flag panels to mount to 4×4 posts that were attached horizontally across the steel framework. Ideally those would have had slotted attachments to allow a little give to the position of the 4x4s. When Craig Bernstein of H&H Fab Works built the trailer, he altered the design to make it stronger, but it’s going to be a very precise and tight fit now. Will it work? The 2×4 frames of the flag panels have warped a little so I’m worried.

Old Glory bottle cap flag art progress

The first panel went in pretty easy!

Old Glory bottle cap flag art progress

Lifting the second panel.

Old Glory bottle cap flag art progress

Placing the second panel.

Old Glory bottle cap flag art progress

It was a tight fit, but panel two went right in also. When we got to the third panel though, the frame was too tight and we realized we would have to make some modifications. There wasn’t a lot we could do to alter the framework on the trailer, so the easiest way to fix it was to shave down the frames of the panels. After a few attempts to fit panel three, I called a break to make sure we took our time and got it right.

Old Glory bottle cap flag art progress

This is now the second day of install. The third panel had to be shaved down to fit. The fourth panel required quite some finesse as well and we had to remove one of the vertical 4x4s and replace it with a 2×6. The lack of symmetry bugged me, but at this point we only had a couple days before the piece was due to leave for California.

Old Glory bottle cap flag art progress

The view of the structure from the back as we install the last big panel. For the most part, the panels are held in place by 3 inch drywall screws screwed into the 4x4s. Once we had it fully assembled I also added several 1/2 inch bolts to tie the panels together. The bolts served a double purpose— not only did they add strength, but they would help align the panels during final assembly. That turned out to be invaluable later and made final assembly go much faster.

Old Glory bottle cap flag art progress

Putting on the bottom stripes.

Old Glory bottle cap flag art progress

All the panels are assembled and I can fill the last bits of the seam on the lower panels. It’s a lot harder to nail the caps on when the surface is vertical! Look how the flag gleams in the sun though!

Marcie filmed me putting on the very last of the caps so we’d have footage of the beginning and end.

Old Glory bottle cap flag art progress

A little more seam to fill, but I wanted a good shot before the light failed. The truck gives you a pretty good idea of how huge this flag is.

Old Glory bottle cap flag art progress

And here it, Old Glory in all her glory, finally finished well within deadline. There’s a cool glow to the caps on this photo.

Old Glory bottle cap flag art progress


And here she is in bright sunlight.

Old Glory bottle cap flag art progress


All packed up for the drive to California. I had intended to ship the piece fulled assembled but it’s so high we were concerned about bridges and overpasses. Also, having the flag fully assembled would have been dangerous in high winds. So the final, final assemble will happen onsite at Stagecoach.

Follow the creation of Old Glory from start to finish—

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