Sabel’s Sparkleballs

Sabel is a filmmaker, artist and photographer who makes sparkleballs.  Each is born out of what’s at hand and then soldered together, with enchanting results.  There’s Sporeball  with tube shotglasses inserted between the 9 oz hard cup layers.  Darkleball’s webbed core of CD’s melted in a microwave.  Mini FireHazard MD’s layers of little medicine dosage cups. Sparklehive composed of 10 oz Chinets in two pyramids, base to base.  And my favorite, Dishwarped, a surreal stunner made  of big cups melted in the dishwasher.  The entire collection is on a timer, and Sabel says that when they’re lit at once it’s like the Tree of Souls in AVATAR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

German Third Cousin

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Meike Harde

I’ve always wondered who invented sparkleballs.  I mean, who looked at a bunch of plastic cups and saw a sphere of light?  To me, that’s an artist. Someone who sees the possibilities the rest of us have to be shown.  German artist Meike Harde makes light fixtures out of plastic cups, plates and bowls.  Her work is beautiful, and just maybe we might consider the sparkleball as its very distant American cousin.  

Thank you to sparkleball maker Miguel Gutierrez-Ranzi for introducing me to Harde’s work.