The Cloud

The Cloud
Submission to the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Copenhagen design competition

Artist Team: Tim Thikaj
Artist Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Energy Technologies: micro wind turbines

A cloud is a visible mass of condensed water vapor floating in the atmosphere, typically high above the ground. It describes an indistinct mass, especially of smoke or dust, a large number of insects, or birds moving together within a certain dynamic. With regard to fractals in mathematics, a cloud can refer to a set of multidimensional points. The Cloud exists as a visual metaphor— the image of a fractal that is both illustrative and abstract. It can be described as being both solid and hollow. It is mathematically predictable, while also being ever-changing.

The Cloud is conceived as a social gathering point, where activities, such as swimming and enjoying the weather, can take place. It is an alternative, self-powered pool area, which is accessible both summer and winter.

The Cloud uses the geometry of the sphere in its facade. The circular wings of the turbines reflect natural and artificial light and, while moving, visually interact with the surroundings and the inside space. When each turbine reaches a certain speed, the edges of the blades become invisible to the eyes and transform into a three-dimensional shape with a diffused, misty, white surface. The Cloud measures 28 meters at its highest point. Though the cloud is a structure of symbolic status, the height is low and similar to the buildings found in the City of Copenhagen to better integrate it into the landscape.

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