Community. Engagement. Advocacy. Humor.
The public element in Vienna that I chose to use for its representation in the You Are (the) Here project came quite easily. I was delighted to find that their older fire hydrants resemble bishops from a chess game. These were frequently accompanied by similarly sculpted bollards to keep cars out of a pedestrian area. The combination of a larger hydrant balanced by a series of slightly smaller bollards as a counterweights to one another sounded like a great opportunity for a necklace. Furthermore, the two-sided ornament may reference the position of Austria as a link between Eastern and Western European Cultures.
As in Paris, there were a number of side items that will probably end up getting translated on the jeweler’s bench as well.