For the London Design Festival 2016, Omer Arbel has unveiled a new lighting installation at London's Barbican Centre. Entitled '44,' Arbel's exhibit is a series of spherical bulbs that appear to float away from their cylindrical plinth while barely encapsulated by over 300 coralline structures.
The coral shapes are completely unique to 44, having been created through a somewhat random process. To create the impressively intricate solid aluminum pieces, Arbel poured molten metal into a large canister filled with natural rocky resins.
Though the aluminum structures are clearly suspended via cables attached to the plinth and the ceiling, the light bulbs in the Barbican Centre exhibit seem to float. This effect is achieved by running low voltage electricity though the aluminum, magnetically suspending the bulbs between the metallic corals.
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