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Sabine Mescher-Leitner Leergutfigurinen

My objects are a chance to discover something new and different in the apparently familiar.

In the industrialised nations empty bottles have long since become throwaway, disposable packaging, their fascinating material and frequently classic shape disregarded.

It is indeed the shape of bottles which is truly inspiring. Research into why bottles are as they are, aside from their necessary compliance with the laws of physics, would seem a fascinating prospect. After all they closely reflect the human body in shape – it is no coincidence that we talk about bottle necks, shoulders and bodies: three terms from the world of living creatures which have found reflection in glazed objects.

I believe the bottle to be one of humanity’s truly archaic objects:
Glass bottles have been around for 3,500 years, flax-bound clay bottles even longer. There is scarcely another name for an object in German that is so banal, so lacking in emotion as the word “Flasche” (hence its secondary use to describe a person without courage or character). Moreover it is also amazing how little the various basic bottle shapes have changed over time. Since every bottle produced today for utility purposes is manufactured industrially, it is natural to assume that all bottles from a particular production series look the same. During my work, however, I quickly realised that this is not the case. They are similar but not the same and for industrially manufactured items incredibly irregular within themselves. You could even go so far as to say individual.

The idea for the figurine empties arose by chance and out of my love of glass as a material...

... and then came the associations, as if I were suddenly a child again, looking up into the clouds and seeing galloping horses, or a giant lying asleep, oblivious to the fact that his nose was getting longer and longer until it vanished into thin air.