ROOF TO ROOF

Photography by David Staskowski

HANDMADE JEWELRY FROM A HISTORIC FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT COPPER ROOF

Cut from and inspired by the naturally patinated copper roof of the Unitarian Meeting House, LeDanse Limited Edition jewelry is an expression of the cultural crossroads between music, dance, and architecture. In this case, the patinated copper that inspired the graceful forms is actually historically and culturally significant.

In 1994, a portion of the Unitarian Meeting House in Madison, Wisconsin was being re-roofed, and the copper sheets were being trucked off for scrap. That was when designer Scott Lesh decided to purchase large quantities of this material and create sculptural works, as well as a line of limited edition jewelry.

A portion of all proceeds is donated to NAEH.org. In a kind of social poetry, the transformation of one historic roof serves to place a roof over the heads of many others in need.

There are 610,042 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the United States. Roughly 18 percent of the homeless population is considered “chronically homeless”, and about 9 percent of homeless adults are veterans. [National Alliance to End Homelessness- 2013]

Homelessness is a complex problem, fraught with many associated challenges and variables, such as poverty, disability, and others. But for all its complications, the solution to homelessness is simple — housing.

“I believe it is in this spirit of embracing both beauty and responsibility that an artist’s work has the power to not only adorn and delight, but to be a catalyst for positive change in the world.” — designer Scott Lesh.