Naturalistic Bottle Trees by Stephanie Dwyer

Tree-shaped wire frames covered in blue bottles
Bottle tree installation at the Shangri La Botanical Gardens in Orange, Texas

Many bottle trees you’ll see – assuming you see bottle trees at all – are stiff. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but Southern folklore metal artist, Stephanie Dwyer, sets hers apart by making them sinuous and twisty, like real trees.

Bottle tree with colourful bottles with shacks
Bottle tree at Shack Up Inn, bent over as if by the wind

Her iconic bottle tree, part of a series inspired by Hurricane Katrina, channels lone trees all over the world, carved into art forms by the wind on some exposed ridge. It seems to grow out of the turf at the Sack Up Inn, and to nod with respect and resilience to its shadow.  

Close up of the bottle tree trunk, with branches and leaves
All the lines flow on this naturalistic bottle tree

A close up shows elements of Stephanie’s signature style: the tree trunk is made from four rods twisted together; the branches give thick, wavy coverage, holding plenty of bottles aloft in an exuberant pattern; there is a symbolic smattering of metal leaves.

Looking upwards beyond a bottle tree to tree canopies
Looking upwards at a Stephanie Dwyer bottle tree sconce to the tree canopies overhead

As I’ve been prompted to share these shots for the weekly photo challenge twisted, my final shot shows a good & proper tangle from which green bottles emerge, looking as radiant as the leaves in bright sunlight. I like the way the metal tendril seems to reach up to the natural ones reaching down.

If you enjoyed these, please check out Stephanie Dwyer’s website.

32 Replies to “Naturalistic Bottle Trees by Stephanie Dwyer”

  1. I like how these bottle trees have such a different feel from each other. I find the repetition and movement in the lapis lazuli blue bottles as they seem to dance overhead exquisite.

    1. Once you start to look out for them, it’s easy to tell Stephanie’s from the others. She has a particular style, which is the mark of an artist.

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