Day 23/365 of Steel – Arik Levy

Arik Levy was born in Tel Aviv on 2 may 1963. An artist and industrial designer, Levy employs a multi-disciplinary approach in both the art and industrial design fields. His works have been included in multiple museum collections. I would like to focus on his artwork, but let’s not forget that he is also a widely designer (both in furniture and lighting). He is best known for his “Rock” sculptures, composed of mirror-polished stainless steel, which are sometimes displayed as standalone works, and sometimes integrated into functional items such as tables or shelves.

Crater Corten 404, a sculpture by Arik Levy
Fig 1: Crater Corten 404, a sculpture by Arik Levy
Photo: Fred.arnal

A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Italian metal workshop Metal-Sistem srl where some of his most complex sculptures were made. Starting from a sketch or a 3D modeling, the first step is to find the technical solutions, needed for the actual construction of the artwork and to develop all the executive drawings for the production phase.

The objects commissioned become then reality through the work of highly experienced and dedicated craftsmen. Off course they are equipped with all the necessary machinery such as numerical equipment for milling, laser cutting, punching etc… but it’s about so much more than just equipment. Perfection can only be achieved if the craftsmen challenge themselves to reach the highest quality level. Great artists need great craftsmen.

The RockGrowth sculpture by Arik Levy on the Atomium site in Brussels
Fig 2: The RockGrowth sculpture by Arik Levy on the Atomium site in Brussels

Rock Triple Fusion Giant has a complex rib structure that supports the shape of the sculpture with reinforcing steel plates and subsequently with the finishing mirror polished stainless steel.
Rock Growth 808 is situated near the Atomium in Brussels. It’s made of red powder-coated & mirror-polished stainless steel. 

About the Author:

Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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