Thousands of Vintage Watch Parts Make Up This Gravity-Defying New Sculpture

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The rare piece was inspired by Sir Isaac Newton.

Two famous artisans known for creating stunning limited-edition sculptures made from vintage watch parts are at it again. Berd Vay'e just revealed their latest creation to celebrate their love of horology, revealing that it took double the time of any existing sculpture within their assortment of modern art to make. 

Called Gravity, the sculpture features 2,000 to 2,500 meticulously sourced watch components that are over 100 years old. Those parts were then painstakingly hand-placed along the curvature of the suspended orb exterior layer made from a crystal clear, magnifying cube of Lucite. The whole piece is then encapsulated within another layer of lucite, creating what looks like vintage watch parts floating in a perfect sphere within a larger cube. 


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The title for the piece was inspired by famed physicist, astronomer, mathematician, and theologian, Sir Isaac Newton, who is credited with the conceptualization of gravity. And, according to the makers, this piece was meant to appear as though "it were tumbling through space".


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To make the sculpture was no easy feat. The process took a full three to four days with layers of Lucite being carefully cast to ensure no air bubbles. It was then baked in a highly pressurized 1,000° Oracle oven and submerged in a 39-pound cube of Lucite. The result is a 9.5 inches x 9.5 inches x 9.5 inches piece of incredible art. 

Always a conversation piece, Berd Vay'e sculptures are designer favorites and are currently being featured in the Woolworth Tower Residences in New York City.  This piece comes after Berd Vay'e released their first two-in-one sculpture, Hallucination, in September. They also gained recognition for the signature sculpture, Lost in Time, which featured a Lucite skull design.


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Gravity was created as a limited edition run of 999 pieces and retails for $7,500. Each piece is also numbered and features accompanying gloves and a .925 silver plaque, and Certificate of Authenticity bearing the sculpture's production number.