Art Sea Street Fair in Lincoln City Focuses on Recycled Art

Bottle Cap Fish
John T. Unger's Bottle Cap Fish will be part of a community public art project at the Art Sea Street Fair.

A Recycled Fashion Show, Junk to Funk art, a Kids Recycled Castle project are all part Lincoln City’s bay front Art Sea Street Fair, on 51st Street, and city-wide, all-day Art Sea Festival in Lincoln City,  on Saturday June 11.

Art vendors and bands from across the Pacific NW will set up at the Cultural Center on HWY 101 from 9:00am-7:00pm. Plein Air artists are invited back to compete in our annual “Quick Draw” contest and live Paint Out along the Bay-Front. At sundown (around 8:45pm) help in the release of hundreds of sky lanterns benefiting the Children’s Cancer Association. Lanterns are available for a suggested donation and can be purchased during the Street Fair on SW 51st Street.

This year the festival brings noted Michigan-based recycle artist John T. Unger to Lincoln City to create a one day community public art project.  Unger is an artist filled with a passion for found materials. He creates from everyday objects often discarded as used up, void of life. “If my job as an artist is to fill the world with more things, I feel that I should also remove unused or unwanted things from the world in the process in order to make room for the new art,” states the artist. “This is one reason I like working with recycled materials.”

John will be helping members of the public scale back and find new life by creating a fish of used bottle caps. States Unger, “Bottle caps have long had a place in the folk art tradition as a decorative element. My own bottle cap mosaics were initially inspired by Haitian ritual flags, in which detailed images are realized entirely through the use of sequins. For the process each cap is sorted by brand or color, washed, dried, punched, partially crimped and finally nailed in overlapping scales to create a feeling of depth, light and shadow. Decorative nail heads emulate the texture of seed beads often used to reinforce the sequins.”

Sky LanternWhen speaking on the finished fish project John says,” The most amazing thing about these fish is the way they interact with light. When you look at one or two caps from any brand, they’re generally not all that impressive. But when you group hundreds of them together and let them catch the sunlight, they truly glow.”

Unger’s work, which includes magnificent ornate fire bowls hand-cut from 100% recycled steel  has been praised in print by Craft Magazine, VenusZine, Variety Magazine, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Sun Times, The Detroit News, and others.

Members of the public are invited to work with John and create a community art project from Noon 6:00PM on SW 51st Street in the Historic Taft District of Lincoln City. FMI Call 800.452.2151 or visit