The Grand Canyon, already stunning and awe-inspiring as is, became twice that last November 29 when low level clouds filled it to the brim. This scene was made possible by a rare atmospheric condition called a ‘temperature inversion’, a phenomenon where cool air rises and warm air lowers, both meeting at the right spot to […]
Japanese architecture firm Tetsuo Kondo are at it again following their dreamy outing at Venice Biennale three years ago: they’ve traipsed over to the courtyard of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and built an impressive cubic two-storey space with a canopy of billowing clouds contained within.
Yes, there’s such as thing as a Morning Glory cloud, a special cloud that forms at altitudes of up to two kilometres and stretches for as long as 1,000 kilometers long. It happens when flowing, moist and cool air meets the inversion layer where air temperature atypically increases with height. This photo was taken by […]
Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde, who is fascinated by the contrast of temporality and permanance, creates clouds indoors with the help of a remote-controlled smoke machine. The resulting works are simply breathtaking.
It may only be a concept proposal, but we can’t stop dreaming about Tiago Barros’ Passing Cloud plan. The eco-friendly transportation in the skies emits zero exhaust, is made of heavy duty balloons held together like fluffy clouds, and designed to take its passengers where the winds blow. This was one of the ideas submitted […]
If you’re anything like me, you have a fascination with clouds. Lucky for us, there’s a cloud appreciation society that shares the same interest. There’s one type of cloud formation in particular, the asperatus cloud, that’s got our collective jaws on the floor. It looks as if it came right out of one of Van […]
Check out these majestic charcoal drawings by Hilary Brace. They seem to point back to a childhood fantasy of playing in the clouds. Brace creates a whole new world set just above our heads in the stratosphere. Each stunning image is soft, grey, and moody. I can almost feel the soft chill of these clouds and mist.
Nature is so cool. Sometime last year, some clouds — under the influence of what’s known as the Kelvin-Helmholtz phenomenon — came to pass in Alabama, Birmingham. The crest-like cloud formation happens when an upper layer of warm air moves faster than the denser, colder layer (with clouds or fog) below it, and surges it […]
Crisp, atmospheric, and infinitely less tacky than your average desktop background, these stills, taken from the open door of a high-flying aircraft, have a sense of suspended drama worthy of an Ansel Adams image. The craft is indeed alive and well, and often miles above the surface of the earth.
American photographer Camille Seaman has released a stunning collection of images of dying icebergs and apocalyptic cloudscapes. Her work is powerful, atmospheric and highly accomplished, not surprising given she has studied alongside such luminaries as Sebastien Salgado and Steve McCurry.
Three architects from Denmark’s Aalborg University have a vision for Rio de Janeiro’s public spaces: the Favela Cloud concept. You can read all about it at their WordPress blog, but essentially they call it ‘urban hybrid architecture’ and boosts a celestial-like, ethereal-looking open plaza for all manners of activities, while shading people with clusters on the top level that look like a cross between clouds and honeycombs.
I remember thinking that I would never experience an art installation as profound as Olafur Eliasson’s artificially created rainbow in a room. Well, Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde has created a installation where, by controlling the humidity and atmospheric pressure in a room, he can conjure up surreal clouds that float elegantly inside a room. An ephemeral beauty that lasts for just a moment but is captured forever as a photograph, proving Daliesque scenes can occur with a little help from science.
A Planetary Order is an art project by Martin John Callanan featuring a ‘terrestrial globe showing clouds from one single moment in time, thereby subtly highlighting the fragility and interdependence of the Earth’s environmental systems’. The data to make the globe came from satellites overseen by NASA and the European Space Agency.
My Lost At E Minor co-partner, Zac, has a great eye for a photo, as these shots from his Cloud series show. It’s a good reminder to look up more often and take in the beautiful puffs of white that coat our sky.