Friday, December 07, 2012

Indoor Clouds

The Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde’s work often draws upon the physical presence of transitional spaces. In his project Nimbus, he turns a clear skies cloudy— indoors.

So how does he do it? It's not Photoshop that's for sure, just simple science.  He carefully regulates the temperature and humidity of a space, ensuring that conditions are perfect. Then, he sprays a short burst from a fog machine to create a cottony cloud suspended in the middle of the room for just an instant before it collapses.
“I’m interested in the ephemeral aspect of the work...It’s about the potential of the idea, but in the end it will never function.”
Smilde’s clouds dissipate so quickly that they exist mainly in photographs. He chooses surreal spaces, such as empty churches or galleries, as his setting. So lovely.

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