China’s most well-known brewery has created a new art installation out of empty beer bottles. Tsingtao Brewery created the ‘beer bottle forest’ out of tall metal poles and plastic versions of the brewery’s signature green bottles. The effect is meant to look like a forest of trees. Some 30,000 plastic bottles and more than 1000 metal poles were used to create the installation. The forest includes a light and sound show in the evenings, when the ‘trees’ light up and play music.
The installation went up on the promenade at Tangdao Bay, a beach park in the brewery’s home city of Qingdao, which also gives the brewery its name. It is hoped that the artwork will provide a unique addition to the landscape, as well as promoting the brewery.
Tsingtao, which is pronounced ‘ching-daow’ like the city’s name, has been brewing beer since 1903. The brewery was founded by an English-German joint company during the time that the city was briefly a German colony from 1898 to 1914. Tsingtao is China’s second largest brewery and one of its most successful beer exporters.
Visitors can check out the local beers at the Tsingtao Beer Museum in Qingdao. A tour includes a close-up look at the brewing process and kit, the bottling plant and a museum that chronicles the brewery’s history, as well as a tasting room with samples.