19 is an exploration of sand casting, which is a low fidelity technique used for making metallic objects. The technique involves pressing a shape into sand to create a void, and then roughly pouring molten metal into the void. Some overspill is a by-product of this process, which is, in conventional circumstances, cleaned up after production and re-finished.
In this project we explored the expressive possibilities of the overspill. We developed a technique that encourages a generous and unpredictable overspill during production, which occurs along the entire open perimeter of the cast piece, making a unique 'halo' for every piece fabricated. We chose to use a high copper content brass such that the overspill oxidizes instantly, producing an extremely textured surface that stands in contrast to the interior of the piece, which retains a smooth finish because it does not come in contact with air, and which we hand-polish to a near mirror finish.
19.280's are unlimited production, numbered and signed. 19.540's are a limited run of 95 pieces, numbered and signed. 19.800's are a limited run of 19 pieces, numbered and signed.
Made of recycled brass in East Vancouver at the oldest foundry on the West Coast of Canada.
Designer: Omer Arbel
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