CLOUD is an interactive sculpture created from 6,000 incandescent light bulbs by Canadian artists Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett.
The piece uses pull chain switches and everyday light bulbs, re-imagining their potential to provoke collaborative moments between strangers. During exhibition, viewers interact with CLOUD by initiating impromptu collaborations, working as a collective to animate “lightning” on the surface of the sculpture.
Simple, bright, and playful, CLOUD is a barometer of social interaction, collaboration, and collective action, reflecting a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. As viewers engage with pull chains, they become unwitting performers and puppeteers, orchestrating an uncertain spectacle for viewers outside the work. Characterized by upturned faces and glittering eyes, viewers engage with the work long after all its secrets have been revealed.
The material of CLOUD speaks to a broader conversation about domestic waste and the mass of insignificant objects in urban spaces. As incandescent bulbs are phased out in the European Union and other countries around the world, the sculpture gains new meaning as a beacon of transitional technologies and changing futures – where are we going next? On a symbolic level, CLOUD relies on the universal language of environmental imagery – despite language barriers, cultural differences, and geographic distance, rain clouds are understood by people all around the world.
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Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett are Calgary-based collaborators exploring the interspace between light + dark, nature + culture, DIY + institutional, individual + collective. The duo centres their practice in relational space, creating projects that beckon viewers with novel materials and participatory contexts, inviting strangers to share in collaborative viewership.
They have exhibited work extensively, most notably at Weisman Art Museum (USA), Pera Museum (Turkey), Japan Alps Art Festival (Japan), the National Arts Centre (Canada), and Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Russia). Their site-specific public artworks include CARBON COPY, Delta Garden + The City Unseen, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, AFTER IMAGE, LIGHT KEEPER, and The Wandering Island. Caitlind & Wayne maintain an experimental art practice through The Hibernation Project and WRECK CITY. Whether exhibiting in formal galleries, pre-demolition buildings, public spaces, or their own backyard, Caitlind & Wayne believe in art’s potential to transform the everyday through a critical shift in perspective.
The first edition of CLOUD was commissioned for Nuit Blanche Calgary in 2012. A second edition was commissioned by Garage Museum of Contemporary Art for Art Experiment 2013 (Moscow).