mark reigelman inflates white cloud with nearly 100 water balloons
 
mark reigelman inflates white cloud with nearly 100 water balloons
aug 15, 2010

mark reigelman inflates white cloud with nearly 100 water balloons

mark reigelman inflates white cloud with 100 water balloons all images courtesy of cleveland public art

 

 

 

american artist mark reigelman was commissioned by the cleveland museum of art, in partnership with cleveland public art (CPA), to create an outdoor installation for the museum’s annual summer solstice party. the result was ‘white cloud’, an installation comprised of nearly 100 eight-foot weather balloons, a dozen 22-foot steel poles and rope.

mark reigelman inflates white cloud with nearly 100 water balloons ground view

 

 

 

it took the reigelman and the CPA nearly two weeks to construct the piece, which appeared to float against the exterior of the museum’s ceremonial entrance. the soft, organic qualities of ‘white cloud’ complemented the symmetrical grandness of the museum. when the wind blew, the balloons appeared to dance precariously above the ground in stark contrast to the  institution’s marble walls.

 

however, due to thunderstorms, and wind speeds of over 20 miles per hour, the weather inevitably lead to the decision to deconstruct ‘white cloud’.

mark reigelman inflates white cloud with nearly 100 water balloons

 

mark reigelman inflates white cloud with nearly 100 water balloons

 

mark reigelman inflates white cloud with nearly 100 water balloons pumping air into one of the eight-foot high balloons

 

mark reigelman inflates white cloud with nearly 100 water balloons a single white balloon

 

mark reigelman inflates white cloud with nearly 100 water balloons up close of the balloons

 

mark reigelman inflates white cloud with nearly 100 water balloons ‘white cloud’ illuminated by night

 

 

 

at night, the installation was lit by local lighting designers, vincent lighting.

mark reigelman inflates white cloud with nearly 100 water balloons

 

mark reigelman inflates white cloud with nearly 100 water balloons

 

mark reigelman inflates white cloud with nearly 100 water balloons various light projections

 

mark reigelman inflates white cloud with nearly 100 water balloons

 

mark reigelman inflates white cloud with nearly 100 water balloons

 

mark reigelman inflates white cloud with nearly 100 water balloons

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