Barrel Art

Brown-Foreman (Parent company of Jack Daniels) commissioned seven artists to do art on used whiskey barrels that will be auctioned off for charity with all proceeds going to “Hand in Hand for Haiti” funding earthquake relief and school development.  A noble cause to be sure.  My question is why only 7 barrels?  I’m actually hoping this is more of a pilot project and someone else picks up on this for future barrel painting projects.

I think these are really cool, and would do well to decorate areas all through Kentucky 0r any other state for that matter.  You’ve seen the painted bulls in Chicago, or Cows in Wisconsin, Snoopy’s in Minnesota or Moose in Alaska.  It is a very popular way to commission public art and have fun with an area’s heritage.  How cool would it be to have these all over Kentucky, have competitions, and ultimately maybe use them for refuse collection or auction them off for charity.  You can actually bid on these barrels here.

These were commissioned to commemorate Brown-Foreman’s long standing relationship with the duty free shops you see in airports around the world.  is a matter if fact each of these barrels are placed around the world.  If you click the auction link above it tells you where the barrel is currently located.

Cool idea and fun project.  Lets hope it catches on.


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2 Comments on “Barrel Art”

  1. September 1, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    I say leave ’em unpainted and load ’em up with KBS!!

    • Don
      September 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

      I knew you were going to say that. I figure there are a lot of extra barrels out there, and most places want the bourbon barrels not the Tennessee Whiskey barrels. Soooo…no harm no foul. I say paint those suckers and liven up the place!

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