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What Makes Beau McCall’s Necklace Art Jewelry?

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NEW POSSIBILITIES FOR EVERYDAY MATERIALS. McCall found himself with an abundance of large buttons. He purchased multicolored chicken wire, braided it in a manner commonly practiced by school-aged children, and connected the buttons to make this arresting neckpiece.

Beau McCall, Button Armo
Beau McCall, Button Armor, 2014, plastic buttons, colored wire, 35 x 19 x 2 3/4 inches (889 x 483 x 70 mm), Museum of Arts and Design, New York; purchase with funds provided by the Collections Committee, Dubourg, and Harvey Fein, 2021, courtesy Museum of Arts and Design, New York, photo: Souleo


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