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King Of The Bottletops At The Farm

August 11, 2015
by the gentle author

For a second summer, Robson Cezar, widely known as King of the Bottletops has been artist-in-residence at Spitalfields City Farm, and so Contributing Photographer Sarah Ainslie & I went along to see what he has been up to this year.

In recent weeks, visitors of all ages to the farm have been sorting bottle caps collected from the pubs of Spitalfields into all their separate colours, which Robson has supplemented by using a stick with a magnet on the end to harvest those left behind by the weekend revellers in Allen Gardens.

This summer, Robson has made a large house like those in Spitalfields, using six thousand bottle caps, which has been installed on the fence overlooking the children’s play area in Allen Gardens and twenty-six panels comprising the letters of the alphabet. All these works are currently on display at the farm and you are encouraged to make a visit and take a look for yourself.

Installing the bottletop house at the far

A Spitalfields house made of six thousand bottletops

The playground on Allen Gardens with the bottle top house in the background

Robson Cezar’s studio at the farm

Collecting discarded bottletops with  a magnetic stick on Allen Gardens

Photographs copyright © Sarah Ainslie

Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton St, E1 5AR

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7 Responses leave one →
  1. August 11, 2015

    Great idea, wonderful art, and a community project to top it all! Valerie

  2. August 11, 2015

    What fun, and a real record of social history. Berris

  3. Bronchitikat permalink
    August 11, 2015

    Lovely artwork, great way to re-use.

    BTW – what happened to the picture of letter ‘R’?

  4. Ros permalink
    August 11, 2015

    Good work Robson! I can’t imagine how long it takes. They look terrific.

  5. August 11, 2015

    And was this a test? Where’s the ‘R’ in the line-up? (I found it in the later photos of the letters on the studio.)
    I hope the installation will be permanent.

  6. Clive Murphy permalink
    August 11, 2015

    King of the genre and Prince of Patience.

  7. August 14, 2015


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