Cerulean Odyssey Object
Luke Maninov Hammond
"'Cerulean Odyssey' seeks to raise awareness for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) within Australia, where currently an estimated 1,900 people have been diagnosed with this progressive and terminal neurological disease, and two people die from it each day. It was created to illustrate hope and victory over the devastating effects of this disease.
Entirely handmade in sterling silver, the sculpture stands over 30cm tall and is set with several beautiful Australian blue sapphires, along with over 30 other sapphires and topaz. Using techniques usually only seen in fine jewellery, each stone has been set in carefully created settings, surrounded by intricate detail and gold plated accents. It is inspired by the blue cornflower, or Centaurea cyanus, an Australian wildflower which, despite it’s fragile appearance, is able to withstand all elements of nature.
All proceeds from the sale of this piece will be donated to Motor Neurone Disease Australia for research into a cure for MND. It's my way of combining science and art to help the community. The materials for this object were funded by a donation from Thermo Fisher Scientific."
Sterling silver, gold plating, patina, Australian sapphires, London blue topaz,
blue sapphires and white sapphires
Approximately 300mm tall
This is a one-of-a-kind item and once sold out, cannot be made to order.