You might have a collection of these at home. And even if you don't you have probably seen more than a bazillion uses for the humble wine cork. From birdhouse to coaster, to planter (my personal favorite) or chandelier. The list is so long. Take a gander on the web if you are inspired.
These artist are truly inspiring. Creating beautiful works of art from thousands of recycled wine corks Scott Gundersen creates large scale portraits. Watch the time lapse videos to see the process.
Minnesota artist Jan Elftmann is known for her work Cork Truck she created by covering a truck with over 10,000 wine corks. Visit her site to see more recylced art and her piece titled Cork Bowling Alley, Minneapolis Institute of Art, MAEP Gallery 1998.
Sculptor Aaron Kramer used about 2,500 wine corks collected by friends to make this French Club chair. "By exploring the intersection between the found and fabricated in my sculptural work I seek a deeper understanding of the transcendent in ordinary objects."
See his portfolio at www.urban-objects.com