Gilding the City

Gilding the CityIn Gilding the City, artist Sayraphim Lothian repurposes broken bits and pieces of jewellery found in the city streets to create jewellery for the city itself.

Inspired by Melbourne jeweller Caz Guirney’s City Rings body of work, Melbourne street artist Daniel Lynch’s Junky Projects and Madga Sayeg’s graffiti knitting, Gilding the City is a refashioning of lost, discarded and broken bits of earrings, necklaces, pendants, rings and other trinkets into new pieces for the city to wear. The items, ranging from the shamanistic and ritualistic to the humorous and cheeky, are love letters from the artist to her city, and from the artist to the people who remember to look around as they walk the streets.


Once created, the pieces are installed around the city, hidden tiny objects which reward those who take the time to stop to smell the roses and notice what the city has to offer.

Gilding the City started as a Melbourne street art project and has quickly spread to the UK and the USA.  With the help of members of the Agency of Coney, a UK based company whose three principals of adventure, loveliness and curiosity helped inspire this project, Gilding pieces are starting to appear on the streets of England, Europe and America.

To see the descriptions of each Moment, click on ‘view in Flickr’ once the image is opened or simply click here.

Gilding Australia:


Mia Mia:



Gilding England:

Shoreham By Sea:




Gilding America:

Portland, Oregon:

Varnell, Georgia:


Gilding Europe:

San Jose, Spain:

Loulé, Portugal:
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Paris, France:

You can see more of the Gilding the City project at my flickr page here.

For the origins of the project, check out the blog post I wrote about it here or go here to see all the posts about Gilding the City

And to see other people’s Gilding the City projects, go here

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Andrew Hiskens January 3, 2012 at 10:13 am

A beautifully conceived and charming project. I’ll definitely look out for Charles LaTrobe’s adornment 😉

Sayraphim January 3, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Hey Andrew, thank you for your kind words! I’d be interested to see how long they last, so if you find any, let me know! The LaTrobe one seemed to blend in the best, so it still might be there 🙂

JNgaio January 20, 2012 at 1:12 am

This project is really lovely! I am totally going to keep my eyes peeled for these little beauties. You seem to have endless creative energy and your projects always inspire me, keep it up!

Sayraphim January 20, 2012 at 1:20 am

Hi Jess, thanks so much for your comment! I’m having such a great time making and sending out these Gilds, it’s a really satisfying project!

Last time I was in the CBD only the ones down Hosier Lane & in Rue Beblons were left. Do let me know if you spot any!

jenlyjen May 15, 2012 at 12:15 am

what a fantastic idea! truly clever and inspired.

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