Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has partnered with a London jewellery gallery to create “wearable sculptures” designed to look like reinforcing bars employed in construction (+ slideshow).
The pieces recall Weiwei’s set up Straight (2008 – 2012), which featured piles of steel reinforcing bars purchased from scrapyards after the Wenchuan earthquake in China.
Weiwei’s studio laboriously straightened each rod and stacked them one particular best of one more, to draw consideration to deaths that had been the result of poor building.
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His Rebar in Gold bracelets developed with the Elisabetta Cipriani gallery come in 3 lengths, and feature the ridged texture that distinguishes metal reinforcing rods. The artist reduce every single piece from a single gold rebar, and bent them to be wrapped around the arm.
The pieces are described as “wearable sculptures” by the gallery, which specialises in jewellery by contemporary artists. Due to the metal’s softness the wearer can adjust them additional to be worn around their finger, wrist or neck, based on the dimension of the piece.
In accordance to the gallery, Weiwei selected gold as a material that would plainly contrast with the destruction of the earthquake, whilst serving as a “delicate memorial” to the daily life misplaced throughout the catastrophe.
The pieces are on show at the Elisabetta Cipriani gallery in two home-shaped cabinets also created by the artist, and produced from glass and huali – a wood frequently utilized in conventional Chinese furniture.
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The Rebar in gold exhibition opens on 12 November 2015 and continues until finally sixteen January 2016.
Polish designer Ewa Sliwinska also wrapped wearers in jewellery, with sculptural arm and leg pieces constructed from PVC strips that resembled porcupine spines.
Other jewellery covered by Dezeen contains Ashley Heather’s pieces created from reclaimed circuit board silver, and physique adornments shaped like stove pipes.
Photography is by Riccardo Abate.