The superstar of Sabel’s collection is Sparklehive, the Frank Lloyd Wright of sparkleballs. It’s built in two pyramids of stacked rectangles, which are then joined end to end with a soldering iron. Pyramid one (at left) is 6 tiers of cups placed the same way //// . In Pyramid two the cups are nested /\//\/. A light strand is suspended inside from the top and cascades down. Sabel says that Sparklehive looms over the room in a wonderfully creepy way. I think it’s quite majestic.
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.