Behold the latest installation by French artist Cyprien Gaillard who constructed this 72,000 bottle pyramid of beer in cardboard boxes (a beeramid, if you will) at KW Berlin. After signing a waiver participants are free to climb, open, and consume as many bottles of “Efes” beer as they desire, making this, in my eyes, the pinnacle of modern art as we know it. Though in all seriousness the pyramid is meant to act as a monument and its consumption is intended to illustrate the hyper-destruction of architectural relics that are often relocated to Berlin:
By using the monument – by climbing the sculpture and drinking the beer – its destruction is already initiated. The barbaric removal of single architectural elements that have been transported from their original location to Berlin, embodies both the concept of displacement and a tourist colonialism.
Gaillard’s pyramid will be gradually consumed through May 22. Art Observed notes:
The pyramid is now dilapidated, though one can still make out its general form. The corridor leading to the piece is lined with empty beer bottles, while the floor surrounding the former monument is covered with broken glass and half-smashed beer bottles.
Massachusetts microbrewery Just Beer has released a limited edition case of IPA with a 12-chapter detective melodrama printed on the labels.
“The Case of the IPA” is a hard-boiled detective farce printed chapter by chapter on 12 bottles of a newly released India Pale Ale. Each 22 ounce bottle not only has 22 ounces of brilliantly deduced IPA, but also 1 of the 12 chapters of the story. Each case has 12 bottles, which makes for the entire tale told in a case. And so, the Case of the IPA is indeed a case of the IPA.
Brewed by Harry Smith, written by Paul Goodchild.
After discovering Brendan Ravenhill’s excellent wood and nail bottle opener, I started thinking about how I’ve always appreciated the simplistic bottle opener over anything more ornamental or complex. Searching around online I realized that bottle openers are much like watches, in that there are literally thousands of designs that accomplish the exact same task. Here are some of the best I found.
The mono up & zu.
The Iittalia Collective Tools opener designed by Antonio Citterio.
A vintage German Monopol corkscrew and wine opener. (looks like he only has this one available)
Nothing beats the simplicity or the price of a good old fashioned church key opener.
And finally the Japanese Alps 7 Opener available at Kiosk.