For two years, artist Scott James Gundersen collected corks. Drawing on recycling, along with his love for mosaics and for drinking red wine, Gundersen used those collected corks to create his first wine cork portrait in 2009. Since then, he has used over 200,000 corks to create portraits for private collections and corporate clients around the globe.
Gundersen’s inspiration for his portrait medium came from his travels through the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2007. He loved how many of Congolese people wasted nothing. Every item—whether an old water bottle, broken shoelace or the bark from the Banana tree—was creatively repurposed. Inspired by this resourcefulness, Gundersen returned home to infuse his own art with these same concepts.
In December of 2013, Gundersen was commissioned by TBS to create a billboard to promote the new season of their hit show “Cougar Town.” Using 62,531 recycled wine corks, he created the 12 foot x 25 foot ad over five days, paying homage to the show’s characters’ (excessive?) love of wine.
Take a few minutes to check out one or two of the time lapses that Gundersen shares on his website. His process is truly amazing!