The gallery will be filled with a storm, a seething roiling storm of saturated colors.
To be above the clouds is a magical feeling enjoyed occassionally in flight. That experience will be brought to the gallery by filling the space with a giant froth mechanism. Located close to the floor you are able to watch as colorful froth grows, collapses, transforms and piles up. Illuminated from below, the froth clouds will glow, giving the visitor the sensation of being above the weather formations of some forbidden planet.
Clouds and weather are common in art and architecture but are static records and representations of dynamic systems. By creating a ‘living’ cloud we are closer to bringing fronts, squalls, thunderstorms and other natural phenomenon to the gallery environment. With the painterly approach to color and illumination we will challenge your expectations of what they might look like.
The phenomenal qualities will be enhanced further by the scale of the project. Extending to fill the length and width of the large segment of the ‘T’ its scale will be massive. A small path through the middle of it allows you to experience it up close, the rest becomes a giant undulating frothing landscape, visible but inaccessible. Sensitive to the atmospheric pressures of the gallery and the weight of froth, the installation in constant motion will continually adjust to its surroundings. Drafts and humidity will transform its presence, altering the direction and speed of growth.
Froth has a lifespan which requires constant production and disposal, the system we have designed manages both, looking to water cycles for guidance. Liquids are incorporated with air to produce frothy masses, as these masses get heavier they collapse and precipitate collecting and directed beneath the froth toward drains. The seduction of the visible surfaces is made possible by a simple infrastructure based on nature, capable of maintaining the continuously changing installation.