Instantly recognisable, the Coca-Cola contour bottle is a masterpiece in industrial design that dates back to 1915 when the Coca-Cola Company asked its bottle suppliers to design a new bottle that would be distinctive and instantly recognisable - even in the dark. Designer Earl R. Dean took up the challenge, and following instructions issued by his boss, aimed to come up with a design based on the ingredients of the drink. Unable to find any reference images for either the coca leaf, or the Kola nut, Dean instead used an image of a cocoa pod from his encyclopedia as inspiration, leading to the iconic ribbed bottle shape we know and love today.
“My studio resembles a mad scientist's lab,” Melissa says, referring to recent experiments with making sculpture by growing it — from sugar crystals. “I have always been really interested in the intersection of art and science.” Since graduation Melissa has continued to pursue her passion though a residency at the Vermont Studio Center and an NEA grant to study at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Now living in Brooklyn, she’s an active member the Wayfarers artist collective and balances studio work with a day job as a sculpture conservator.
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