Necklace from the "Organic Coil" Series Maker: Gustav Reyes (American, born Mexico 1968)


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Gustav Reyes combines technological innovation and traditional woodworking techniques to craft objects that are informed by his deep appreciation for nature. This tightly coiled necklace, which Reyes bent by hand, is made from a solid piece of oak that was mechanically compressed under enormous pressure to make it flexible. He is passionate about issues relating to sustainability and prefers to use reclaimed materials in his work; for example, the wood for this necklace was salvaged from an architectural project designed by Frank Gehry.


White oak


9 1/8 × 7 × 1 1/16 in. (23.2 × 17.8 × 2.7 cm)

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Gift of the Susan Grant Lewin Collection

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21st century


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LOOT: Mad about Jewelry, Museum of Art and Design, New York; sold to Susan Grant Lewin, New York; given to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2021
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