Size Matters

July 07, 2010, 11:43 am  Posted by Lark Jewelry & Beading

One way I amuse my brain is to imagine pieces of jewelry enlarged to a colossal scale. Would the object still be successful at 50 feet tall? How would a new environment—say a grassy park, an historic square, a corporate atrium—alter its meaning? How would viewers react to the piece as object rather than ornament? Setting aside function, can or should a design work on any scale?

Though best known as a jeweler, Ruudt Peters has undertaken several large scale public projects, such as this fountain at the entrance of the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center in s’Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

Ruudt Peters, Jheronimus Bosch Art Center

Ruudt Peters, detail

Ruudt Peters, Eva

Both Alexander Calder and Albert Paley created metal jewelry in addition to monumental sculpture.

Alexander Calder, Omega Necklace

Alexander Calder, Jeune Fille et Sa Suite

Albert Paley, Double Fibula

Albert Paley, Helix

Here are a few pieces of jewelry I think are ripe to be super-sized into giant works of art.

Andrea Wagner, Aquaductus

Estela Saez Vilanova, Poals

Pavel Herynek, Ostrev

Mirjam Hiller, Brooch Tuporas

Biba Schutz, Arc Brooch

Antje Brauer, Broche Biber & Krabbeltier

Stefano Marchetti, Brooch

Suzanne Beautyman, Untitled

Many thanks to the distinguished artists featured in this post for allowing me to share images of their work. To see more pieces and learn more about them, please visit their websites: Ruudt Peters, Alexander Calder, Albert Paley, Andrea Wagner, Estela Saez Vilanova, Pavel Herynek, Mirjam Hiller, Biba Schutz, Antje Brauer, Stefano Marchetti, Suzanne Beautyman.


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