Israeli Artist Thrives With Crushed Fiat Automobiles


A recent art exhibit in Israel has highlighted the work of the Israeli-British artist and architect, Ron Arad. The extent of the show was a half dozen wall hangings. All of the hangings were a half dozen rusted out and crushed Fiat automobiles.

The native of Tel Aviv has always favored metal as his primary source for his art. He has continued to produce works that have been hammered, welded, and shaped into what has become a unique vision. Working out of his London studio, Arad discovered early on that scrap metal would be vital to his artistic vision and work. Much, he admits came from being the starving artist in the early 1980’s and scrap metal was a cheap resource.

He has since moved on from his studio and has begun to work with new types of alloys and metals and partners with many manufacturing facilities in his quest to create unique objects. He brings order to a seemingly chaotic and destructive method.

From this yet another career seemingly began. In 1994 he designed the Bookworm shelf which is still being manufactured and sold. In addition, he designed the Bauhaus Museum in Tel Aviv and the Design Museum Holon in Israel. Perhaps his most innovative piece of art was created in August 2012 and is called 720 Degrees. The work is a collection of silicon rods, 5,600 of them, that are suspended in a circle above the gardens at the Israeli Museum. Visitors to the gardens can enjoy images that are projected to them whether they are standing outside the silicon structure or on the outside of it.

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