Planning for More Coke Bottle Art

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A local art project that honors the history of the birthplace of the Coca-Cola Bottle, is preparing to add even more artistic bottles by local artists.

Earlier this year, the Root Family Public Art Project allowed local artists to paint 27 6-foot-tall Coca-Cola bottles and placed them across the community; it’s part of an effort to make people aware of the city’s connection to the bottle which has been described as the most recognized product package in the world.

Now, organizers say they will be brining in more bottles and are looking for even more creativity.

“We had some groups that really wanted to participate after seeing the success of the first round so we have decided to do a limited second round,” said Sally Whitehurst, one of the volunteers leading the project.

“The bottles have been so popular that we are getting regular calls and emails asking where they are all located. As we expected, they are a natural selfie photo spot for social media users,” said Susan Tingley, director of development at the Vigo County Historical Society.

The second round of bottles will be delivered later this fall with a spring unveiling of the painted pieces of art anticipated. Local artists will again be used to design the bottles for the sponsors or the organization can find its own artist.

The deadline to confirm a bottle is September 28; all designs are subject to approval.

The cost to sponsor a bottle is $2,500 which includes a $500 stipend for the artist. For more information on sponsoring a bottle, contact Sally Whitehurst at (812) 238-6427 or

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