“Nimbus” Clouds as Contemporary Art by Berndnaut Smilde

“Nimbus” art installation is the most famous work of Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde, a project that creates hyper-realistic miniature clouds in unique spaces such as museums, factories, castles, and dungeons.

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The modern artist has spent the last few years traveling the world to share his incredible and unique contemporary art installations to a diverse selection of audiences. Nimbus series present a transitory moment of presence in a specific location.

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They can be interpreted as a sign of loss or become, or just as a fragment from a classical painting. People have always had a strong metaphysical connection to clouds and through time have projected many ideas on them.

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Smilde is interested in the temporary aspect of the work. It’s there for a few seconds before they fall apart again. The physical aspect is really important but the work in the end only exists as a photograph. The photo functions as a document of something that happened on a specific location and is now gone.

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To materialize this modern installation he uses more than smoke and water vapor, and the results vary with the size and temperature of the location.  Smilde creates a wall of water vapor with the type of spritzer. A smoke machine then sends a puff of faux fog on a collision course. He likes to keep the clouds no bigger than six feet so they don’t fall apart too quickly. “I really like my clouds concentrated, with a lot of texture,” he says.
The result is stunning, an ephemeral artwork caught just before it vanishes.

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