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SHARE A CREATIVE RESPONSE INSPIRED BY A BOTTLE WE GIVE YOU FROM THE COLLECTION AND WE WILL SHARE IT IN THE STORY ARCHIVE
(email us to receive your bottle: SpokaneBottleProject@gmail.com)
THESE BOTTLES WERE TOSSED, BURNED, AND BURIED IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY AS TRASH. AFTER DECADES UNDERGROUND, THEY WERE COLLECTED AS TREASURE.
WE HOPE TO DISTRIBUTE WHAT REMAINS OF THE COLLECTION IN A WAY THAT WILL CONNECT YOU TO PEOPLE AND PLACES REACHABLE ONLY THROUGH IMAGINATION. THIS SITE IS MEANT AS A SPACE WHERE STORIES AND RESPONSES INSPIRED BY THE COLLECTION AND THE COLLECTOR CAN BE TOLD AND HEARD, CONNECTING US ALL FOR A MOMENT.
Brian Martin was hooked when he found an old, unbroken whiskey crock on this first try digging in 1986. Over the next couple of decades he quietly excavated, soaked, and sorted thousands of discarded glass bottles and other ceramic and metal items, material that could withstand being burned and buried in a turn of the 19th century dump.
Portions of his collection can be seen in displays at Spokane’s Saranac Commons and at Providence Sacred Heart Cardiac ICU.
Now it’s time for Brian’s story to inspire stories in others.
Brian Martn Story
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