Bottle Tree

Submitted by Dave_Davis March 25th, 2010
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Growing up the south there were always different types of kitsch. We had people that would just about fry anything. However the only thing that stands in my mind as a child was driving with my dad down to New Orleans. There was a man who had 100s of cobalt blue bottles hanging from his cypress tree around his shotgun house. He also had what was called a “Bottle Tree”. Normally made with rebar and soldered together in a form of a tree. These metal concoctions would be stuck in the ground and who ever had the good fortune to have one would just collect whatever drinking bottles they had around the house and stick them on the metal tree. The story my father told me is this‚Ķ The trees would attract the spirits by the pretty colors and become trapped in the bottles. Recently I had the good fortune to go online and order one. Mine is over six feet tall with varying bottles. I had to put it in the backyard much to the dismay of my neighbors. To me it is gorgeous and it reminds me of my childhood.

I do not know if you are able to place a web-site but this is the website I bought mine. (Bottles and all) Mine is what is called the big daddy from the website. Hope you can use it for your space. Most see them as ugly, I see them as a thing of beauty…

One Response to “Bottle Tree”

  1. Allee Willis

    I love the bottle trees. I would be thrilled if one of my neighbors planted one of these in their yard. I think they’re gorgeous, particularly around Christmas time if you can jam some Christmas lights in them.

    Thanks for all the detail of bottle trees in your past. I’m so happy you had the good fortune to get one of your own and definitely thanks for the website address.

    I have 31 palm trees in my front and back yards (that makes my house sound MUCH larger than it actually is) and I have a feeling that a bottle tree will soon be joining them. I would make my own though as I’ve made them in the past but always gave them away. This inspires me to go back into sculpture mode.