Is this the best-known bottle in the world?
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A curvy drink bottle is celebrating its 100th birthday.
An art museum is exploring the origins and influence of its bottle design. It is so recognizable. You probably would know the brand if you held it in the dark.
"The Coca-Cola Bottle: An American Icon at 100" is set to run at Atlanta's High Museum through Oct. 4. Visitors can see original design illustrations and a prototype of the 1915 design.
The soft drink company is headquartered in Atlanta.
"It really is a design success story," said Julia Forbes. She is High's head of museum interpretation. She pointed out that the bottle design has been around for more than 100 years. It is recognizable around the world.
The exhibition walks visitors through the history of the design. The bottle's shape was conceived as a way to distinguish the product from a multitude of imitators.
In a 1915 memo, the company asked glass companies to come up with "a bottle which a person could recognize even if they felt it in the dark. The Root Glass Company in Terre Haute, Indiana, developed the winning design. It was in "Georgia Green" glass. It included a bulge in the center and ridges down the sides.
The exhibition includes a concept sketch and patent for the contour bottle design. Both date from 1915. An original prototype bottle from 1915 is also on display. It is one of only two known to exist.
An entire gallery in the exhibition is devoted to the artist Andy Warhol. On one wall are two paintings of single Coca-Cola bottles inspired by old ads. One is a bit abstract with smudgy lines. The other has with lines so crisp and clean it doesn't even look like a painting. These are works from 1961 and 1962. They were created at the beginning of Warhol's Pop art style that used commercial images.
The exhibition concludes with a gallery of photos from the mid-1930s through the present.
Critical thinking challenge: The Coca-Cola Company is older than the Coca-Cola bottle. Why?