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Indoor Clouds made by Artist Berndnaut Smilde

Cloud created in room


It would be bad luck for a raincloud to follow you around, and avoid being in one's vicinity.
But not for Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde, who actively seeks to create them.

He uses a smoke machine, combined with moisture and dramatic lighting to create an indoor cloud effect.
Smilde, who lived in Amsterdam, said he wanted to make the image of a typical Dutch rain cloud, inside of a space. ‘I imagined walking into a classical museum hall with just empty walls,’ he said. 'There was nothing to see except for a rain cloud hanging around in the room.
‘I wanted to make a very clear image, an almost cliche and cartoon-like visualization of having bad luck. "Indeed there's nothing here and bullocks, it's starting to rain!"'
But the few people who have seen the clouds in person would consider themselves very lucky. Each cloud only exists for a moment before dissipating. The photograph, Smilde says, is a ‘document’, the only proof of its existence if a viewer misses it.

The first exhibit featuring indoor clouds, called Nimbus, was created by Smilde in 2010.

His materials are little more than smoke and water vapor, and the results vary with the size and temperature of the location. The space must be cold and damp, with no air circulation. Smilde creates a wall of water vapor with the type of spritzer you might use on houseplants. 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.

You can find the cloud making videos below:-


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