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Published: 21 Mar 2012

Berndnaut Smilde’s Floating Cloud


Inviting natural elements into an empty gallery room, Amsterdam-based artist Berndnaut Smilde has created a floating cloud installation, titled Nimbus. A combination of smoke, moisture and backlighting has been used to create the temporary sculpture.

Nimbus builds on Smilde’s fascination with physical presences in transitional spaces, such as staircases and corridors. The piece is open to a number of interpretations, notably a hyper-real omen of bad luck. It is both whimsical and eerie, evoking the magic and wonderment of fairy tales.

Envisioning the piece as an ephemeral artwork, Smilde undertook the project with online gallery Probe. A series of nine photographs document the work, and invite the online world to experience it.

Smilde’s artwork is just one of many examples of how the natural world is being embraced by artists, designers and brands creating concepts for interiors. Learn more about how this development is impacting upon spaces in our report: Return to Nature: Bringing the Outdoors In.


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