Wine Cork Art - Morning Stretch by Conrad Engelhardt

    London Artist Conrad Engelhardt creates a pointillism picture of a nude woman stretching in the morning using only recycled wine corks.

    Daily Mail article about the artist

    "In Vino Bellus... In Wine (there is) Beauty
    My background in chemistry has always given me a deep appreciation for the complexity of wine - the interactions of hundreds of individual chemical compounds. Together with diverse colors and aromas, these components in wine work together to achieve a unique and characteristic taste sensation.With regards to art I wanted to find a medium of expression which incorporated a natural media. Wine corks seemed a perfect blend of the two worlds. The wine cork, typically discarded after a bottle is opened, through this art is instead given a second lease on life and recycled for the viewer's enjoyment. Wine corks offer a unique media that capture the essence of their parent wines and as they are natural materials they also mirror nature's imperfections. I have been inspired by the Impressionist Movement. Transferring their techniques to nudes and other images and doing so with a color palate that is limited and defined by the chemical interactions between the cork bark and the base wines has proven exciting. The magical allure is that up close the image is merely suggestive, but as the observer backs away the artwork takes advantage of the human eye's narrow focal point and the corks begin to blend together until the moment when the image appears sharp and unmistakable." - Conrad Engelhardt

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