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Department of Public Works Brooch

1994 Boris Bally Born: Chicago, Illinois 1961 aluminum, resins, glass beads, and pigments overall: 1 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 1/2 in. (4.4 x 12.2 x 1.4 cm) A (brooch): 1 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 1/2 in. (4.4 x 12.2 x 1.3 cm) B (clasp): 1/4 x 3/8 in. (.7 x 1.0 cm) diam. C (clasp): 2 3/4 x 3/8 in. (7.0 x 1.0 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Zack Peabody 2000.62.1A-C Not currently on view


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Boris Bally believes that “[our] resources on this planet are finite,” and that “the best test of an artist is how well we [sic] can use what we have . . .” These brooches are doubly recycled, made from the scraps of abandoned traffic signs that he has used in his larger sculptures. By treating the traffic signs as he would gold or silver, Bally allows them to “transcend their dirty roots” and become objects of beauty rather than symbols of authority. The titles underscore Bally’s ideas by reminding us of the source of his materials.

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decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - aluminum

paint

plastic - resin

readymade - beads

About Boris Bally

Born: Chicago, Illinois 1961

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