Liquor Bottles Turned Baby Bottles

Series of POPBottles pieces

It’s safe to say that if you saw a baby feeding from a liquor bottle, your jaw would drop. You’d at least take a second glance. Last year, Anna Utopia Giordano created a buzz with her POPBottles project by creating just those bottles.

The Italian creative mixed familiar child-friendly brands with not-so-child-friendly bottles of liquor. The Hello Kitty logo and typeface, for example, was superimposed on a bottle of Grey Goose vodka for Hello Kitty vodka. Others she created were Nintendo’s London Dry Gin (Gordon’s), LEGO Añejo Especial (Havana Club), and Barbie vodka (Absolut). With the addition of a few cosmetic changes and a baby bottle top, they look as if baby-friendly liquor bottles.

These bottles, however, are for exhibition and not commercial sale. “Parents, please, feed your kids responsibility” stands next to the exhibition. The project aims to raise social awareness on alcohol abuse and the ignorance of many parents towards the alcohol use of their children. It also questions the lengths marketers will go to gain the attention of consumers. All in all, the exhibition promotes responsible drinking and higher attention to alcohol abuse.

Liquor bottle-brand mashup, part of the POPBottles exhibition

Disney branding on champagne bottle

Marvel branding on liquor bottle

(via Awesomenator)

The Blue Mountains of Australia

Katoomba Falls in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia

Crisp air, greenery at every step, and the sound of running water greet visitors in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. Less than two hours away from Sydney, the mountain range is a popular spot for tourists and residents alike.

Greenery on the cliffside of New South Wales' Blue Mountains

Katoomba, home to the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls, the tourist attraction Scenic World, cafés and shopping, and more, is the most visited destination in the Blue Mountains. Even during winter, the area is alive.

The Three Sisters at Echo Point

The Three Sisters at Echo Point is an iconic rock formation with each peak standing at least 900 meters tall. According to Aboriginal folklore, the rocks were originally three Aboriginal sisters. In one version of the story, the three fell in love with three brothers from another tribe. Unable to marry due to tribal law, the brothers kidnapped the sisters, causing a battle. To protect the girls, a witchdoctor turned them into stone but was killed before he could turn them back. In an alternate version, their father, a witchdoctor, turned them into stone to protect them from a Bunyip. The father himself turned into a bird using his magic bone to escape from the Bunyip but dropped the bone in the process. To this day, he searches for the bone that will reverse the spells on himself and his family.

Katoomba Falls in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia

A short nature hike away is the scenic, peaceful Katoomba Falls. The waterfall, visible from multiple lookout points and Scenic World’s cable car service, is another Blue Mountains icon. Changing by season and amount of rainfall, every day offers a new view.

The Blue Mountains hold the world's steepest railway

Scenic World also offers a ride on the world’s steepest railway. The Scenic Railway takes visitors up or down the incline past Orphan Rock, through a pitch-black tunnel, and out onto the mountainside.

Besides the mountain visual overload, Katoomba offers shopping and accommodation. Festivals and events occur throughout the year and are worth experiencing. Just like Sydney, the town’s coffee culture is alive with a myriad of brews and selections.

The Blue Mountains is a worthwhile experience for explorers, nature-lovers, and everyone else. Between exploring the mountains and going into town, there is little time to spare. Picturesque and with a variety of views, it is a surprising icon of Australia.