Neon Cumulus

Light object made from neon outlines suspended on thin steel ropes, lumi­nous blue, ca. 300 x 210 x 160 cm, chrome-plated steel sheets, 2011.

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 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.