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Floating City

1996 Kent Raible Born: Berkeley, California 1955 fabricated 18k gold, chrome, diamonds, sapphires, amethysts, chalcedony, tourmaline, hand woven gold chain 10 1/4 x 5 3/8 x 1 in. (26.1 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance 1996.37 Not currently on view

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"For me, the Floating City represents the archetypal dwelling place of human potential, and, more personally, the fulfillment of my own aspirations and spiritual unfolding." Kent Raible

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Kent Raible considers his jewelry pieces to be "tiny sacred temples" with a gem as the focal point. Although the artist rarely makes such complicated pieces, the concept for Floating City developed over two years and is the result of the artist’s desire "to make a more elaborate city full of these sacred places." Here, Raible conceived a futuristic floating metropolis inspired by the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, by the Emerald City from The Wizard of Oz, and the legend of Atlantis. The randomly spaced diamonds in the middle section denote the rooms in the city where no one is home. The disks resembling flying saucers are the landing docks for the floating city.


Cityscape - imaginary

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - chrome

metal - gold

stone - diamond

stone - sapphire