Totem figure on a standing ashtray repurposed as a plinth adorned with bottle caps
Gregory Warmack, or “Mr. I,” as he preferred to be called, excelled at turning discarded materials from the streets and alleyways of his hometown of Chicago into art. His use of bottle caps to add texture and color began in the late 1980s and he brought this pedestrian cast-off into folk art at a new level.
Figure detaches from stand. Heavy surface soiling, some intended by artist. Few bottle caps slightly loose on sculpture.