"At the peremptory request and desire of a large majority of the citizens of these United States,
I, Joshua Norton, formerly of Algoa Bay, Cape of Good Hope, and now for the last 9 years and 10 months past of S. F., Cal.,
declare and proclaim myself Emperor of these U. S.; and in virtue of the authority thereby in me vested, do hereby order
and direct the representatives of the different States of the Union to assemble in Musical Hall,
of this city, on the 1st day of Feb. next, then and there to make such alterations in the existing laws of the Union as may
ameliorate the evils under which the country is laboring, and thereby cause confidence to exist,
both at home and abroad, in our stability and integrity."
NORTON I, Emperor of the United States
The Emperor Norton Mural was conceived as an offshoot of the famous "Postcard Museum". As the postcard museum had become more
full, bottle caps started getting nailed into a doorway in the kitchen. From this, it was recognized that a full-scale pixelated
photo could be created from this great surplus of bottle caps.
The Emperor Norton Mural was created over a period of five months spanning the spring and summer of 2011.
Many thanks to New Belgium Brewing Company, Benders, Recology, Pops, Napper Tandy, Skylark, El Farolito, La Taqueria, and all the others who helped us collect the bottle
caps for this project.