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Brooch - Dear Green Place

Dear Green Place

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Scotland (Glasgow, made)

  • Date:

    2005 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cunningham, Jack (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oxidised silver, white metal, painted wood, carnelian and plastic

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On display in the Scottish Design Galleries, V&A Dundee

Jack Cunningham studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, going on to become an influential teacher both at Glasgow School of Art and at the School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University. He uses jewellery to create small-scale, personal narratives that explore relationships with family, place and memory, working particularly with found objects and ready-made elements - fragments which he combines to build his narratives.

Dear Green Place is the last of a series of four individual brooches that interpret, in a light-hearted way, the Glasgow coat of arms and motto:
Here’s the bird that never flew,
Here’s the tree that never grew,
Here’s the bell that never rang
Here’s the fish that never swam.

Physical description

Assorted objects arranged around an L-shaped ledge of oxidised silver the upright section of which is decorated with a row of stylised leaves. On the ledge are mounted a green plastic tree and a white plastic hen; beneath it are suspended a carnelian heart and a plastic fish. Rising through a gap in the ledge is a twig painted white with red stripes with a metal oak leaf protruding from the side.

Place of Origin

Scotland (Glasgow, made)


2005 (made)


Cunningham, Jack (designed and made by)

Materials and Techniques

Oxidised silver, white metal, painted wood, carnelian and plastic

Marks and inscriptions

JRC stamped on the right hand side of the back panel


Height: 84 mm, Width: 81 mm, Depth: 32 mm

Descriptive line

Brooch designed and made by Jack Cunningham, 2005; white metal, carnelian, wood, paint and ready-mades


Oxidised silver; Wood; Paint; Carnelian; Plastic


Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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