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New Guggenheim Fundraiser: Construction Debris as Jewelry

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“Restoration Rocks: Fragments of the Guggenheim”

Have you always wanted to wear a piece of the Guggenheim? Now you can!

Construction debris from the restoration of the New York flagship has been recycled into (among other things) a $395 necklace (above). The architectural artifacts are encased in “hand-crafted acrylic.”

Hey, it worked for Fallingwater: Go to the very end of my Wall Street Journal article about that other Frank Lloyd Wright fixer-upper, which involved a couple of the same firms overseeing the Guggenheim’s makeover. “As a fundraiser,” Fallingwater’s director, Lynda Waggoner, told me five years ago, the pricey junk jewelry was “an
incredible success.”

If you don’t like your pebbles mounted on silver, how about a pair of Gugg gold cufflinks for $1,500?

Maybe desperate times call for desperate measures.

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