Help Us Preserve Bottle Village
Please support the efforts of Preserve Bottle Village, a non-profit organization made up of a small group of volunteers dedicated to the preservation and conservation of this irreplaceable example of American Folk Art.
One of only a few folk art environments created by a woman, Bottle Village hums with creator Tressa “Grandma” Prisbrey’s unique sense of humor and perspective. "Anyone can do something with a million dollars. Look at Disney," Prisbrey once said. "But it takes more than money to make something out of nothing, and look at the fun I have doing it." The self-taught artist started building in 1956, at the age of 60, and worked until 1981. Prisbrey constructed the site’s 15 buildings and many site features using found materials, including tens of thousands of multicolored bottles set in cement mortar. Colorful walkways of broken tiles and crockery wind through the one-third acre site. Preserve Bottle Village formed in 1979 to acquire and restore the property and assumed ownership in 1986. The site was damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
Preserve Bottle Village is working on long term restoration plans with ARG Conservation Services, the San Francisco firm that restored Los Angeles’s Watts Towers. In the short term, each of Bottle Village’s structures must be temporarily protected with tarps, plastic sheeting and wooden braces until actual stabilization work may begin. The heavy rains and strong winds of projected El Nino storms add urgency to this work. Your generous donation will help Preserve Bottle Village to safeguard the magical world and rare vision of Grandma Prisbrey for future generations.
We are booking tours for April 30th and May 15th. Tour reservations can be made by emailing email@example.com
Our next project will be to "Raise the Roof!" The School House roof is in a state of extreme decay. A collapse will damage the nearly intact tile floor below. Stabilization of the fragile environment remains an ongoing goal.
Preserve Bottle Village is a non-profit organization. All repairs and reconstruction are funded by tour admission and donations.
The film is a great reminder that so much of the village has remained intact. We continue to weed around those television tubes and headlights and, of course, the "Spring Garden" made from metal springs.
Thank you to those who've donated in the last week. We are still going strong toward our goal of $5,000 and grateful that our current weather proofing has yet to be fully tested.
However, winter is not over yet and El Nino may still deliver a punishing blow to Bottle Village. Your donations will aid our effort to protect this unique art environment.
Contributions have been made by folks who have visited Bottle Village in nearly every decade since the 60s.
Melissa Eskridge Slaymaker, author of the sublime children's book, "Bottle Houses: The Creative World of Grandma Prisbrey," has donated as have graduates from Art Center in Pasadena.
We've heard from a mosaic artist, adventurous teachers in Alaska, film makers and self-described "eccentrics." What unites us all is our love of Grandma's creative vision.
There is a spark at Bottle Village that seems to add a little fire to everyone who visits.
Thank you to all who continue to support our endeavors.
We at Preserve Bottle Village are asking you to support the fierce vision of Tressa Prisbrey by contributing to our GoFundMe campaign. Please consider donating today and help us push past the halfway mark.
Our goal remains $5,000.
Your help is always greatly appreciated.