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Brooch 348.2

1998 Zack Peabody Born: New London, Connecticut 1968 fabricated and cold-connected stainless steel, niobium, titanium, plated base metal overall: 1 1/4 x 2 3/4 in. (3.2 x 6.9 cm) diam. brooch: 1 1/8 x 2 3/4 in. (3.0 x 6.9 cm) diam. fasteners: 1/4 x 3/8 in. (0.7 x 1.0 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund © 1998, Zack Peabody 1999.11A-C Not currently on view

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In Brooch 348.2, Zack Peabody used industrial metals and limited his design to only a few solder joints, relying mostly upon “cold connections” of threaded rod. He left exposed the bolts, screws, and interlocking strips in the structure of this brooch to emphasize the “calculated clarity” of its design. The first part of the title, 348, refers to the number of parts used to build this work, while the second indicates that Brooch is the artist’s second design with this many pieces. With its clean edges, smooth surfaces, geometric design, and absence of color, this brooch exemplifies the artist’s love for the unintended beauty of industrial materials.


decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - niobium

metal - steel

metal - titanium

About Zack Peabody

Born: New London, Connecticut 1968

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