Benjamin James Ryan

Product: Olympic Fruit Bowl
Materials: Sterling Silver, Stainless Steel, Citrine, White Topaz & Smokey Quartz
Dimensions: 320mm x 320mm x 100mm (Approx.)

“To Hold A Sprinters Fuel… For Every Nation A Jewel.”

This piece was produced for the V&A’s exhibition “Fit For Purpose: a practical and conceptual exploration of silver”. The piece was inspired by the exhibition title fit for purpose, and was designed with an Olympic theme in mind to celebrate the London 2012 games. The design plays with the meaning of the brief and the connotations of fitness associated with the Olympics. The functional purpose of the piece is to hold fruit. The steel running spikes echo a sense of protection for the more delicate gem stones and fruit found inside the bowl, similar to how many fruits protect their precious essence in nature. There are a total of 205 spikes and stones in the piece, and represent the exact number of nations that took part in London 2012. The colouring of the citrine, white topaz and smokey quartz were selected to portray the gold, silver and bronze of the games!