Have you ever wondered what happens to your beer bottles once you've finished drinking the beer and threw away or recycled the bottle? There are some extraordinary buildings that may give you an answer why recycling is such a great and useful thing!
Buddhist temple built from beer bottles
When you’re free-associating about Buddhist
monks, beer probably isn’t the first thing that comes to your mind. Drinking is forbidden in Buddhism indeed, but they certainly don’t have
any issues with building temples from beer bottles.
In the north-east of Thailand, there is a temple
built from more than 1.5 million recycled beer bottles, called Wat Lan Kuad, the Temple of a Million Bottles.
Using Heineken bottles
(green) and Chang Beer bottles (brown) monks were able to clean up the local
pollution and create a useful structure. The bottles do not lose their colour, provide good
lighting and are easy to clean.
The monks have created a complex of around 20
buildings, comprising the main temple over a lake, crematorium, prayer rooms, a
hall, water tower, tourist bathrooms and several small bungalows raised off the
ground which serve as monks quarters.
They also created
decorative mosaics with the leftover bottle caps. The only part they didn’t use
is the actual beer.
beer can house
In 1968, John Milkovisch was just another
retired employee of Southern Pacific railroad. He lived in an undistinguished
house in an undistinguished suburban neighborhood of Houston. Then John got
antsy: he turned his 6-pack a day habit (he believed it was the cure to whatever ailed him) into an 18-year home renovation project. John
decorated his Houston, Texas house with aluminum siding made from flattened
cans, streamers of beer can pull-tabs, and an odd assortment of beer can
Milkovisch started his project in 1968 inlaying
thousands of marbles, rocks, brass figures and metal pieces in concrete blocks
and redwood, all of which were used to make patios, fences, flower boxes, and
an array of other items. The result was a yard with no grass, as the entire
front and back yards were covered with cement. When asked why he did it, John
simply answered, “I got sick of mowing the grass.”
John considered his work an
enjoyable hobby rather than a work of art, but he did enjoy people's reaction
to his creations. He once said, "It tickles me to watch people screech to
a halt. They get embarrassed. Sometimes they drive around the block a couple of
times. Later they come back with a car-load of friends..."