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ca. 1992 Zbigniew Chojnacki Born: Krosno, Poland 1953 fabricated concrete, stainless steel, sterling silver, and gold overall: 1 5/8 x 3 1/4 x 1 5/8 in. (4.1 x 8.3 x 4.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Zack Peabody 2000.62.5 Not currently on view

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Many of Zbigniew Chojnacki's jewelry designs are inspired by buildings or machines, and here he combined precious metals with concrete and stainless steel to create a decorative brooch. The fine gold posts create a guardrail around the top of the small slab of concrete, as if Chojnacki had sliced this piece from the roof of a tiny warehouse. The architectural design and industrial materials recall his childhood spent in the sprawling shipbuilding port of Gdansk.


decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal


metal - gold

metal - silver

metal - steel