Infalling Clouds

by Ned Kahn


Infalling Clouds is a short flight of spiral steps which leads to the plexiglass top of a tall cylinder. Peeking over the edge you find yourself looking straight into the vortex of a swirling cloud. A knob allows you to control the intensity of the mist inside the cylinder and a small space between the tall edge and the clear top invites you shape the cloud with your breath.

Dimensions: 54" x 61" 42" Weight: 400 lbs.

Artist's Comments: The confluence of science and art has fascinated me throughout my career. For the last fifteen years, I have developed a body of work inspired by atmospheric physics, geology, astronomy, and fluid motion. I strive to create artworks that enable viewers to observe and interact with natural processes. I am less interested in creating an alternative reality than I am in capturing, through my art, the mysteriousness of the world around us.

My artworks frequently incorporate flowing water, fog, sand, 
and light to create complex and continually changing systems. 
Many of these works can be seen as "observatories" in that they 
frame and enhance our perception of natural phenomena. I am 
intrigued with the way patterns can emerge when things flow. 
These patterns are not static objects, they are patterns of 
behavior-recurring themes in the repertoire of nature.