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Mr. Imagination
Bottlecap Figure with Mirror
1991
bottlecaps and mirror on wood
59 3/4 x 24 x 11 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment



The victim of a near-fatal shooting in 1978, Greg Warmack assumed the nickname "Mr. Imagination" around 1980 and dedicated himself to making sculpture from cast-off materials he collected on the south side of Chicago. Bottlecap Figure with Mirror is a self-portrait that reflects a vision he received shortly before the shooting: "I looked in the mirror and I had a flash of myself in a regal outfit with a crown or some type of headdress on. I looked like a king." In his sculpture and the community programs which he conducts, Mr. Imagination encourages children to explore art as a healing experience.