French luxury label Celine is collaborating with the the César Foundation for the Celine César Compression Project, a highly covetable collection of sculptural and symbolic pendants inspired by the work of late French sculptor César Baldaccini. The limited-edition curation includes only 100 silver and 100 gold vermeil pieces, each individually numbered.
Baldaccini, often referred to as simply César, is most notably known for his nouveau realist compressed works of art using unorthodox materials, like found objects, welded metallic pieces, and scrap metals. His first “Directed Compressions” were created in 1959, after he witnessed the operation of a heavyweight hydraulic crushing machine. It was then that the artist discovered the means to execute the large-scale compression sculptures for which he gained a reputation. The new equipment enabled Baldaccini to forge his unforgettable car compressions, taking the mundane to new, unsuspected, artistic heights.
After making a name for himself with his compressed renderings, Baldaccini put a modern spin on his “Demystification” technique when he decided to make a foray into jewelry. In 1971, the artist began to collect old family heirlooms and antique pieces from his loved ones to reshape and remold into his new totemic necklaces.
If the sculptural pendants look familiar, it’s due to the fact that the French’s equivalent of the Academy Awards, The César Awards (which are named after the artist), hands out trophies conceived from none other than Baldaccini himself. As the Oscars have their little golden man, the French have a César totem.
The new collaborative necklaces marry jewelry and art, expressing a dual identity and reflecting the archetypal essence of the original Celine woman. Paying further homage to Baldaccini, the jewelry is presented in a refined and artisanal pine box, stamped with the signature of the artist. Celine and César’s commonalities join forces in reverence of individuality, strength, and reassurance through the sculptural talismans.
The Celine César Compression Project is now available online.END
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