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I started making landscape scenes in bottles two years ago after being struck by the idea when it randomly popped into my head. Initially it seemed like a gimmick, but I knew there was the potential for interesting work. I have since become fascinated by the interior space of the bottle, and by the light that filters through the glass to reach the contents.

I grew up making model railroads, and have reused those skills in this work. Most of the structures in my scenes are made to the scale of 1/32”, or 1:384. I am currently working on some larger bottles using 1:220 scale. I have lived in southern West Virginia for three years and take inspiration from this region’s landscape and its dramatic and tragic industrial history. 

 Ole Bye

Bottles by Ole Bye


Click on a picture to view the bottle and description in the Gallery

Bottle ID: 870

Bottle ID: 871

Bottle ID: 872

Bottle ID: 873