99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall
2016 6' x 20' bronze, glass, ceramic, steel available
The initial installation of 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall was in late 2016 at [Artspace] at Untitled.
Four-H Camp for Phelps was held at a campground on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Singing the old song 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall was one way of passing time on the long bus ride to and from camp. Most of Phelps' work are rooted in his youth on the farm. 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall is no exception. Grandfather Lloyd L Phelps Sr. (1911-1994) bought property throughout his life as a farmer. He bought unleveled acreages which could only be dry farmed. As he was able to, he leveled parcels of land so that it could be irrigated. Eventually all the property was level and irrigated. An abandoned privy site was uncovered during one of the levelings. In the 1800's it was common to toss all sorts of trash in the hole when a privy had to be relocated. This particular site contained a pristine salt fired Amsterdam gin bottle which his grandparents displayed in their home. A skull also played a prominent role in the mystery of the farm history. All these early memories from the farm played a major role in the creation of 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.