Nothing like this bowl of washers

Circles are everywhere. Jewelry, door mats, wall decor… and now, tabletop.

But this bowl isn’t made of ordinary circles — it’s crafted with washers. You know, those little things that screw onto the end of a bolt. Created in 2005 by artist Michael Aram, this 18 inch diameter bowl is stunning. If you’ve heard the expression “art for art’s sake” then you know what this bowl is for. Can it hold water? No. Can it hold food? No. Can you use it as a sink? No. Can it be attractive, unique and interesting? YES. San Francisco’s De Young Museum’s gift shop carries the oxidized bronze bowl for $300. Find more art at


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