Omer Arbel


Omer Arbel’s innovative installation at Toronto House is a linear cloud or coral-like form, made of welded sand-cast aluminum pieces, called 44. Each 44 results from a free pour of molten aluminum into a large canister filled with rock-like modules of resin-impregnated sand, a waste product of conventional sand casting. Past installations of 44, most notably commissioned in 2016 by the Barbican in London, have been suspended by cables and included low voltage electricity passed through each form, thereby illuminating a spherical glass orb. In this application, the aluminum pieces are welded to each other and attached to the building slab edges, forming a coral-like installation lit externally from the building faces.