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Medal - Decoration of the Rim 1
  • Decoration of the Rim 1
    McAdam Freud, Jane, born 1958
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Decoration of the Rim 1

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1995-1996 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    McAdam Freud, Jane, born 1958 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze, cast

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case DR16

In this contemporary work the artist challenges and explores the traditional form of the commemorative medal. She has created this medal out of the image of that most ordinary of 'found' objects - a crushed Coca-Cola can. She manipulates the accepted terms that define a medal: the front, back and rim, creating them out of the crushed elements of the can. By casting the work in bronze, polishing and patinating it, she transforms something normally discarded by society into a work of art.

Physical description

Irregular-shaped bronze medal in the form of a crushed metal drink can. Greenish patina.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1995-1996 (made)


McAdam Freud, Jane, born 1958 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze, cast

Marks and inscriptions



Length: 10 cm irregular, Width: 10 cm irregular, Thickness: 3 cm irregular

Object history note

This medal was formerly on loan from the artist (as McAdam Freud Loan no.2), and was offered for sale at a low price by her. Purchased using a donation.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, 'Decoration of the Rim 1', form of crushed drink can with green patina, by Jane McAdam Freud, Great Britain, 1995-1996

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Leavitt Bourne, Marcy. Talking with Jane McAdam Freud. The Medal, no. 30, 1997, pp. 100-106 (ill. p. 100).

Production Note

Attribution note: No.12 of edition of approx. 12





Subjects depicted



Artists' multiples; Coins & Medals

Production Type

Limited edition


Sculpture Collection

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