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Artist Berndnaut Smilde Creates Amazing Indoor Clouds

Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On June 29, 2013 @ 2:30 pm In Art,News | No Comments

Berndnaut Smilde, indoor clouds art, art, art installation cloud, frozen smoke installation, Dutch artists, Time Magazine [1]

It’s looking rather cloudy inside. That’s because Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde [2] has the ability to create small, fluffy clouds indoors. He creates luminous masses of vapor that slowly float through rooms and hallways of buildings, transforming them into surreal, dreamlike landscapes [3]. The Green Room of the Veterans Building in downtown San Francisco was the setting for one of Smilde’s latest “cloud projects” — a delicate mass hovered in the middle of the room for a few moments, before it literally vanished into thin air.


The work is defined by ephemerality. It is meant to exist in the moment and after that only through photography [4]. Interested in the temporary and elusive, Smilde creates objects that confuse the viewer by being placed outside their natural context.

Using a combination of “frozen smoke” and moisture, the artist is able to create a cloud that can last for a short time — just long enough to be photographed. The temperature and humidity of the space is carefully regulated. The artist then emits a short burst from a fog machine, creating a cloud that dissipates in an instant. The artist’s clouds were recently listed by the TIME Magazine [5] as one of the top 10 inventions of 2012.

+ Berndnaut Smilde [2]

Via This Is Colossal [6]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/artist-berndnaut-smilde-creates-amazing-indoor-clouds/clouds-berndnaut-smilde-2/

[2] Berndnaut Smilde: http://www.berndnaut.nl/

[3] dreamlike landscapes: http://inhabitat.com/finnish-environmental-artist-kaarina-kaikkonen-creates-dreamlike-landscapes-from-second-hand-clothes/

[4] photography: http://inhabitat.com/wesley-laws-baled-photo-series-follows-donated-leftovers-from-goodwill-stores/

[5] TIME Magazine: http://inhabitat.com/gyongy-laky-sculpts-the-ny-times-magazines-green-issue/

[6] This Is Colossal: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/06/sponsor-berndnaut-smilde-making-clouds/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+colossal+%28Colossal%29

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