Jeffery Fouke, Jr. likes vintage art and design. He also likes – no, loves –
Out of those merged passions has come a cornucopia of structures and artistic creations, all built from
Dubbed “La Tour Eiffel de
Fouke, 18, is working at a tool and die company in Toledo while studying mechanical engineering at the University of Toledo. We team recently caught up with him to chat about his unique brand of
Let’s start at the beginning. How did you build this Eiffel Tower? It looks like something that could take over social media at some point.
To get ready to build my Eiffel Tower, I bought more than 900 bottles of
So, do you drink all the beverages yourself? All the Coke has to go somewhere, right?
I actually sold the drinks at cost at my high school. I’d ice them down and people would drink them and then hand the empty bottles back to me. My friends, family and teachers were a big help. Later, I put the names of people who helped me with the project on the inside face of the tower, behind the bottles. The top bottle, up on the pinnacle of the tower, is a “Share a Coke with Jeff.” I thought that was pretty cool.
Did you end up with extra supplies?
I have about 300 bottles left over in my house. I would like to start building chandeliers. I’ve seen some on the Internet that are like 10 feet wide. I’m in the process of working on them. They’re not that hard to make; I just need to find customers.
Where did you get the idea for the tower? Or the other projects, for that matter?
I created artwork during my four years at Clay High School. And I love old stuff. I have old bottles, old cans, and all kinds of antiques. I thought, “Hey, I can do projects with this stuff.” For my senior capstone project, the idea came to me of trying to build an Eiffel Tower.
What’s your favorite
Coca-Cola project so far? What have you learned as you try new things?
Oh man, that’s a tough question. Of all the
When I was assembling the Eiffel Tower and doing the wiring and drilling, three bottles broke in my hand. I put my blood, sweat and tears into all my projects – literally.