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Watch 6 Wondrous Clouds Float Inside Museum Walls

18/06/2013

Like a magician, Berndnaut Smilde conjures up miniature indoor clouds. Anyone who has tried drawing or painting clouds knows (...)
Like a magician, Berndnaut Smilde conjures up miniature indoor clouds. Anyone who has tried drawing or painting knows that they’re incredibly difficult to reproduce in pictorial form. Well, that can’t actually be tougher than making them, right? In the last few years, artist Berndnaut Smilde has made a name for himself as a sculptor of clouds. His Nimbus series captures the fleeting “manmade” cloudage that he has created inside old gallery halls. They last for a moment, and then, just like that, they’re gone. Smilde’s magical powers are little more than elementary science. “It’s not a high-tech process at all,” he tells Co.Design. After settling on the initial idea (“Would it be possible to exhibit a raincloud?”), he experimented with several materials, including aerogel, a porous substance that has been likened to “frozen” or “solid” smoke. It wasn’t quite right, though. Eventually, Smilde found himself working with a smoke machine after realizing that it created vapor that had a visual resemblance to clouds--and that the results were relatively easy to control.Read Full Story    
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