Designed in 2008 for the sculpture path “Lichtpromenade” (Promenade of Light), realised in 2009 in Lippstadt, Germany.
A light object consisting of 22 slices of transparent polycarbonate, stacked horizontally on top of each other. The narrow sides of each slice are circumscribed by a neon strip illuminated in turquoise blue. Mounted close together, they form the shape of a stylised cloud. This cloud is located at the tip of a crossbeam fixed to a bulkhead above the river Lippe. Moved by the wind, the cloud rotates around its own axis. The crossbeam has a total length of 550 cm, is clad in chromium-plated steel sheet and is swivel-mounted. The neon cloud itself measures 220 x 120 x 130 cm. The work marks the town’s former north gate, which is situated opposite the municipal theatre. Depending on the weather, the materials either reflect the sunlight or are less visible when it is overcast. During the day, sunlight is reflected on the surface of the water, at night blue neon light. The horizontal neon contours are direct sculptural representations of drawn hatchings, as seen in drawings of clouds on medieval maps. Drawing, object and light installation combine so that the transformed drawing of a cloud, here as a real and illuminated object, accentuates the urban space. By being artificial, the object is highly poetically attractive to the observer. As an everyday natural phenomenon we are familiar with clouds. They are used as a symbol or an allegory of human feelings: there are “dark clouds in the sky” or “we are on cloud nine”. Clouds are used as metaphors for the afterlife, for wanderlust, infinity and freedom of thought— for longings in general.