Gijs Bakker, ‘No. 9 Earth Brooch’, 2013, Chamber
Gijs Bakker, ‘No. 9 Earth Brooch’, 2013, Chamber

The "Earth Brooch" is a homage to our home, our planet, as it was photographed in 1968 for the first time from space. The epochal Earthrise was a new perspective on Earth, both a revelation and mystery, as half of the planet was actually obscured causing the ellipse shape.

By using 0.5 mm thick titanium drilled by a laser to transform the image in 2799 dots, Bakker tried to recreate the Earth a new icon, reminding us to look at our vulnerable, beautiful planet from a different perspective.

Image rights: Loek Blonk

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

About Gijs Bakker

Trained in industrial design, Gijs Bakker co-founded the now-famous Dutch design firms Droog in 1993 and Chi ha paura...? in 1996. Over the years, he has taught at various European art academies and worked on numerous commercial collaborations, creating everything from furniture to jewelry to public spaces. Known for privileging concept over craft and denying the market value of the materials he works in, Bakker has long disparaged the fetishization of the “authenticity” and prefers instead the potential for mass-production. “I have never been interested in hand-made things, and I am, in fact, suspicious of the charm,” Bakker says. “It is the idea that matters, and whether it’s produced by me or by a machine, nothing must detract from the idea.”

Dutch, b. 1942, Amersfoort, Netherlands, based in Eindhoven, Netherlands