16

16

CULTURE

October 30, 2015

16
Bocci

16.480 is a dramatic installation of 480 glass 16’s supported by a set of sitespecific, tree-like minarets. These “trees” rise out of a landscape constructed of burnt wood planks and form an immersive canopy of light that reaches up to 6 m in height. Bench platforms and higher mounds in the landscape serve the dual purpose of protecting the trees from vehicles, providing refuge to visitors and creating informal meeting places. Bocci numbers each of its works, and 16 was first envisioned in 2007, but the firm lacked the technical expertise and glass knowledge to bring it to fruition, until now. Bocci Creative Director Omer Arbel explores the intrinsic mechanical, physical, and chemical qualities of materials as fundamental departure points for making work. All Bocci designs are developed, engineered, and fabricated in-house, with headquarters based in Vancouver.