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Message in a bottle

Staff Reporter

Frames of messages in a bottle is his special gift for Christmas

— PHOTO: K. GOPINATHAN

AMAZING ART: Basavaraju Somaraje Gowda with his bottle containing a clock in it.

Bangalore: Basavaraju Somarajegowda, who has earned a name for himself making bottle art, has added another feather on his cap. Recently another achievement of his – assembling a clock inside a bottle – was recorded in the Limca Book of Records 2010.

An electrician by profession, Mr. Somarajegowda says he has been making bottle art as a hobby for the past seven to eight years. “This year, I also have a bottle with a Christmas message for all my brothers and sisters. I put the frame together inside the bottle. This art takes a lot of patience and concentration,” he said.

In 2006, he built a windmill model inside bottle. In 2008, he created a record by making the longest lamination and in 2009, by installing a mobile phone inside a bottle.

He said that he took almost seven months to assemble the clock with the dial diameter of 12 cm, which is in a frame with 15.2 cm width and 26.4 cm height. He also said that he used to work on assembling the clock for at least two hours everyday.

“I spent around Rs. 5,000 on this. I bought all the parts separately. I had to cut the clock mechanics carefully to put it inside the four cm wide bottle neck. The battery holder had to be removed and I installed a separate battery holder later. This is wrapped in a cloth and rests behind the frame,” he said.

Both the bottles were unveiled by Yediyur councillor N.R. Ramesh on Friday.

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