Monday, June 8, 2009

Abandoned Comb Amulet






Abandoned Comb Amulet by Derrick R. Cruz:

The alarming en masse disappearance of honeybees worldwide (Colony Collapse Disorder) is the inspiration for The Abandoned Comb Amulet.

The necklace is a bittersweet collaboration with nature: a honeycomb pendant sculpted by bees, crafted of solid 18 karat gold and captured in honey harvested from a rooftop hive in Brooklyn. Confined by a three inch hexagonal sugar-glass pyramid, The Abandoned Comb Amulet is defined by a Solomonic dilemma. A choice must be made to forcefully exhume the honey-drenched gold, violently shattering and consuming its casing, or to recognize value in its current form, nurturing a natural deterioration and the gradual revelation of treasure within.

THE PROCESS

A unique and lengthy production process renders each Abandoned Comb Amulet one-of-a-kind. The process begins with abandoned honeycomb gathered from rooftop hives. Using the ancient “lost-wax” tradition, the honeycomb wax is ultimately destroyed, burned away and replaced by molten gold. The result is a perfect golden replica of the original honeycomb.

Broken into unique combinations of hexagons, the individual pendant is clearly part of a greater whole. Each piece is cleaned and assembled into a 16 to 21 inch gold necklace, then sealed into a handmade sugar-glass pyramid filled with honey from the same Brooklyn rooftop. The final creation is a fragile balance of the natural and the manmade, shielded by glass, imprisoned in its own pristine environment.

A special thank you to The Brooklyn Bee, PapaBubble Caramels Artesans, Susanne Goetz and Austin Priebe. Photos by Gisel Florez.

25% of the proceeds will benefit local beekeeping efforts by The Brooklyn Bee. No bees were displaced to create The Abandoned Comb Amulet. For more information about Colony Collapse Disorder visit www.ANewHive.org.
I can't tell from the site whether there are more for sale, and if so, what the price is. Here's the companion blog, featuring more artwork created to help bees. Via.

*Previously: Jurassic Amber Soap.

*Buy amber fossils at eBay.

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