September 18, 2011

The Bottle House of Prince Edward Island

Here are some shots from a place called "The Bottle House of PEI". Here's a bit of history:

Over 25 000 recycled bottles ingeniously cemented together to create the Bottle Houses, a must-see tourist attraction situated in Cap-Egmont, Prince Edward Island, Canada. They were built by the late Édouard T. Arsenault. He gave birth to these houses after having received a postcard of a glass castle from his daughter in 1979, an attraction she had visited on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. That same summer, he started collecting bottles from his community, mostly from a local restaurant, community dance halls, friends, relatives and neighbours.

He spent the winter in the basement of his home, cleaning bottles, removing labels and dreaming of his project. In the spring of 1980, at the age of 66, he began his construction, a mere hobby yet. As his six-gabled structure was taking form, visitors started coming in. Impressed by his work, they encouraged him to continue and to advertise it as a tourist attraction. And so, in 1981, the first Bottle House was open to the public.

From 1980 to the spring of 1984, he cleverly cemented over 25,000 bottles of various shapes, sizes and colours, into three fantasy-like buildings.

The site offers a multitude of angles for the photographer to capture the wonder of what an individual built out of recycled bottles. It is also truly an inspirational spot for anyons who cares for the environment.

Visit the website at: for more information!

Now on to the shots....

1st and 2nd shots-the first bottle house, outside and inside respectively
3rd and 4th shots-the second house, outside and inside
5th, 6th and 7th shots-the third house, outside and 2 inside shots
8th shot-a sculpture made out of bottles too! They had a beautiful garden to walk through as well (I'll include some of theses shots another time!)
9th shot-this is a huge bottle at the entrance to their property! Cool!

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