Ron Arad's 'Last Train', commissioned by Steinmetz Diamonds, was launched in May 2013 at the Biennale, Venice. Inspired by a man etching a message on a train window pane with a diamond ring, Arad invited several artist friends to do the same. Arad designed a diamond ring on a prototype fist, linking this to an iPad app to form a drawing tool. A series of 12 digital etchings makes up the exhibition.
The Last Train is Ron Arad's response to a Steinmetz Diamonds initiative and commission to create a work of art incorporating diamonds.The piece is about the strength of the raw material rather than seeing it as a symbol of value and object of adornment, it is rather about the way diamonds have often been -since the advent of glass panes in the 16th century- used to etch messages of love, hate, rebellion or even pain. From Elizabeth I who scratched love vows on bottles and jars with her 'promise ring' or 'scribbling ring' (in which the diamond would be fitted pointing outwards), to Robert Burns who scratched poems on glass panes, to thousands of train travellers who so often scratch carriage windows with their anger, their love and their dissent.
Ron Arad Studio's have inivited a number of other artists to take the role, including, to date, Francesco Clemente, Anthony Gormley, Christian Marclay, David Shrigley, Cornelia Parker, Richard Wilson, Robert Wilson, Sara Fanelli, Sue Webster and Tim Noble, Leandro Erlich and Gavin Turk.