38 pushes the fabrication technique originally developed for 28 to its technical and material limits. A large glass sphere is blown witha multitude of haphazard interior cavities,which intersect and collide with each other in unpredictable ways.
Several of these satellite cavities are deep enough to hold earth and succulent or cacti plantings, while others house lighting elements. Each 38 contains two or three lighting elements per large sphere, and one or two planters.
A stiff copper tubing system provides electricity and suspension, enabling compositional freedom on either the horizontal or vertical plane.
The copper tubing crinkles and bends during installation, occasionally supporting a small standalone planter (called a “moon”), which appears to have escaped the confines of the nearest 38 sphere.
Due to the handcrafted nature of 38, pendant size, diameter, shape, and the number and location of interior satellites will vary.
Omer Arbel explores the intrinsic mechanical, physical, and chemical qualities of materials as fundamental departure points for making work. Arbel’s pieces have been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Mallett, Monte Clark Gallery and Dimore Gallery. He is the recipient of the 2010 Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement and the 2015 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Allied Arts Medal. Omer Arbel is the creative director of Bocci.