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Portraits in cork

An interesting press release dropped in the inbox this morning. Not particularly relevant to the wine industry, but definitely connected because of corks. Michigan artist Scott Gunderson assembles intricate portraits by using the varying shades of the ends of hundreds of the wine closures.

Gundersen has assembled 25 of the portraits that include actor Courtney Cox and the king and queen of Spain. His work has hung in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. and he estimates over his decade long career he’s used close to 250,000 corks. Gunderson used to collect corks from friends and co-workers but now sources them from a Texas recycler. "Every cork tells a story," he said in the press release. "Sitting in the studio, sifting through boxes of corks, I start thinking about the origin of the cork, the drinking of the wine, what happened the night that wine was shared among friends. My portraits, like people, are made up of thousands of stories."

The artist’s next commission is to use 14,000 to 16,000 corks to create a portrait of winemaker Dave Collins at Big Cork Vineyards winery in Rohrersville, Md. The project may take as long as 80 hours to complete and will happen in front of visitors to the winery July 8 to 16.

You can find more of Gundersen’s work at his website:

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