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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Ilias Lalaounis

While in Athens I found an amazing little museum called the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum. This guy was something else! On top of being an amazing and renowned jeweler, has was also a sculptor and art collector. Before even entering the actual museum you are greeted by 3 original sculptures made by Salvador Dali!

The museum itself contains thousands of designs and "micro sculptures" that Lalaounis designed and/or made. Many of his designs are based off of historic design motifs from many periods of Ancient Greece, American native tribes, Byzantine art, and other cultural influences. Another influence in his designs was science, mainly biology and astronomy. He didn't just make rings, bracelets and necklaces, he made body jewelry as well. One of my favorites of these was a Mycenean snake that draped over the neck, like a real snake (it was the size of a small python).

As I am focusing a sculptural aspects for senior seminar, I am going to post pictures of his sculptural work.

Armored Owl
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Owl Face
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Scorpion
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