Dandelion Brooch

City Flora Series

Jan Yager (American, born in 1951)


Overall: 14 x 14.6 x 1.9 cm, 90.6 gm (5 1/2 x 5 3/4 x 3/4 in., 0.2 lb.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver, found auto glass.

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry



Silver cast dandelion leaves with diamond-shaped green auto glass in center. The leaves are set in three articulated layers, and each layer rotates around a center point.

Jan Yager uses her art to take on difficult social and political issues. In her City Flora/City Flotsam series, Yager contrasts the disturbing evidence of urban poverty, violence, and drug abuse with the weeds that grow through cracks in the sidewalk, which she sees as symbols of renewal and rebirth. Her Dandelion Brooch, set with a gem-like fragment of auto glass, represents the persistence of life in a decaying city environment.


"Dandelion City Flora/City Flotsam" incised on the back of one leaf; "Jan Yager sterling auto glass" incised on the back of another leaf.


Jan Yager; Daphne Farago, October 22, 2001 Daphne Farago; to MFA, 2006, gift of Daphne Farago.

Credit Line

The Daphne Farago Collection


© Jan Yager