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Sculpture duo Winter & Hörbelt created this plastic cave facing the sea on the Belgian coast. It’s made from water boxes, does anybody know what those are? Translated info page, photo page, via Milk Crate Digest.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).


  • Anonymous

    I’m guessing they’re some sort of water crate.
    http://www.askplastics.com/aquamax.html

  • Fredex

    “Crate” is a better translation than “box” as you might guess from the link to Milk Crate Digest.

  • Dries

    The “water boxes” are indeed crates, holding from 6 to 12 glass bottles of water. I think in this particular case it are the crates of the brand SPA – as shown on : http://www.kyora.be/pictures/678_page.jpg

  • Lucas
  • herzleid

    “Wasserkiste” is simply the crate in which you carry home bottles of water you buy from the store. You buy them in convenient 6-packs like this. In e.g. Sweden, you could buy any 1,5 liters, bottled water or soda beverage in this kind of crates (although only 4 in one and the crates are yellow).

    Found a good stock photo for the ‘regular’ use:http://www.fotolia.com/id/246833

  • jelle meersman

    its the crate in wich glass waterbottles are sold with 6 at a time, for easy storage and transport

  • BigD145

    I hope that monstrosity doesn’t end up IN the ocean, but somehow I think my hopes will be dashed.

  • JC

    Hi, where did you get these picutes, they’re from 2003. This construction was built for an art venue all along the Belgian coast. It was indeed made of crates to carry 6 waterbottles of SPA, and it was partially submerged when the sea was at high tide. It has already long disappeared. It was quite fun though for the kids to run around in. See the archives on the link : http://www.beaufort03.be/