head in the clouds

View from inside the cloud

Clouds hold, catch, and ultimately release moisture – rain, snow, and sleet. What would it be like to be in the clouds, or just under one when it is on the brink of release? Head-in-the-clouds is a cellular structure of steel and rope built to capture moisture – from the sky, from a snow ball fight, from wind driven off the lake. Privileging one viewer at a time in the lifeguard seat (inside the cloud), Head-in-the-clouds creates an experience of immersion where cloud mysteries are observed and unlocked: the mutable cloud structure registers and intensifies the snow and ice build up and thaw repeated over weeks – where does it become more dense, more open, more wet, more frozen? Under the cloud, visitors occupy the closely squeezed space between the cloud and the ground – sensing the weight bearing down like a storm cloud – or when it finally melts, a slow isolated rain coming back to the ground.

Submission for the Toronto Winter Stations Competition in 2015

View of the cloud

The cloud on the beach


The cat’s cradle-inspired modules and variations


Layer one plan


Layer two plan


Layer three plan


Elevation view


Cross section showing the viewing seat

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