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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.

Omer Arbel Office is a creative practice spanning multiple scales and cultural-economic contexts to include building design, industrial design, materials research, sculpture, invention, and high craft manufacturing.

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2013 / Pewter, Silver, Gold, Bronze, PVC

The technique developed is an interpretation of the process of sand casting. Conventional molds are used to create the lettering necessary on the medals (‘GRAND PRIX’ and ‘Vancouver, March 2013, Men’s Epee’). These letters are covered with loose sand, air is blown into the sand to make an unpredictable shape, and liquid pewter is poured into the resulting cavity. When poured into the sand, molten pewter has strong surface tension, creating a pronounced meniscus edge around the perimeter of the pour and at the locations where it interacts with lettering. The last step in the process is a nod to the iconography of athletic medals: plating the pewter pieces with a layer of gold, silver, or bronze.

Photography by Robert Keziere