Guggenheim to Offer Limited Edition Jewelry Line, Restoration Rocks
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Guggenheim Museum To Offer Limited Edition Jewelry Line—Restoration Rocks—Created From Fragments of Famed Frank Lloyd Wright Building
Launch part of 50th Anniversary Celebration
( New York, NY) -- The Guggenheim Museum announces the release of Restoration Rocks, a special edition jewelry line -- made with Gunite remnants of the Frank Lloyd Wright building – and distributed exclusively at the Guggenheim Museum ’s retail store and on its website. Designed and fabricated by California-based jewelry artist, Cara Tilker, the collection features nine different designs including earrings, pendants, bracelets, a ring, and cuff links. Each piece incorporates actual historic fragments of Frank Lloyd Wright’s landmark Guggenheim Museum , which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2009. Lightweight concrete and Gunite remnants, set aside during the 2007 restoration process from the building’s walls, are presented in resin and sterling silver settings.
Tilker makes each jewelry piece through a labor-intensive process. Resin is poured into a handmade silicone rubber mold, then individual building fragments are placed in the resin, covered with a second layer of resin and allowed to set. After the resin pieces are released from the mold, they are hand-shaped and sanded, and finally set in sterling silver settings.
A minimal amount of Gunite—a mixture of cement and sand aggregate, and the jewelry’s featured component—was removed from the building as was deemed necessary for its restoration, and saved. The material, which comes from the interior and exterior of the building, was removed in order to gain access to reinforce points of the exterior wall to preserve its structural integrity. Material was also removed from damaged sections of the exterior in order to replace it with more stable material.
Restoration Rocks is a component of the planned 2009 50th Anniversary celebration. The building is judged by many to be one of the architectural wonders of the world.
The Restoration Rocks jewelry will be limited in quantity with retail prices starting at $125.00. Several select designs from the line will be also available in 14-karat gold, by commission.
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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
New York, NY
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