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Bocci: Introducing the 118

Each 118 contains dozens of tiny feather-like forms. When lit from within, these interior intricacies come into even sharper detail.

The interior layer of each 118 carries the ghost of the steel cage used in its formation. Air blown into its core pushes the molten glass into the recesses of the cage. Gravity and heat coax these unpredictable, multifarious tendrils to elongate, following the initial shape the steel has set for it. That cage, sheared off in a final step, is cleaned and used to seed another 118.

“From the weather outside our workshop to the glassblower’s mood, to the chemical composition of the glass, each 118 takes form in response to numerous uncontrollable factors.” -Omer Arbel.

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