Cumulus 08.07

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.