CLOUD is a large scale interactive installation created from 6,000 light bulbs. Made by artist Caitlind r.c. Brown in collaboration with Wayne Garrett, Cloud sculpture is made from 1,000 working light bulbs and additional 5,000 burnt-out bulbs. Burnt-out light bulbs were donated by the public, Brown collected them from locale households, museums, businesses, and eco stations. The idea was to create an informal collaboration between the community and the artists, reduce costs, and experiment with the potential of items post-use. This interesting Cloud is part of Nuit Blanche Calgary in Alberta, Canada that appeared on September 15th. Visitors to the installation could pull the chains causing the cloud to sort of shimmer and flicker.
How CLOUD works: The steel substructure of the sculpture is covered in a skin of incandescent light bulbs (new and burnt out), and rear-lit from within by 250 compact fluorescent bulbs, pulling a total power of approximately 20 amps (the equivalent of two household outlets). Each of these bulbs is attached to a pull-string, allowing viewers to control the illumination of the structure – like lightning in the CLOUD above them.
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