Cloud Arbor

Submitted by Ned Kahn

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Client: Pittsburgh Children's Museum

Location: Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Completion date: 2012

Artwork budget: $800,000

Project Team

Artist

Ned Kahn

Ned Kahn Studios

Landscape Architect

Andrea Cochran

Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture

Overview

A 20-foot diameter sphere of fog forms inside a forest of stainless steel poles. High-pressure fog nozzles embedded in the 30-foot tall poles convert water into a cloud that appears and vanishes every few minutes.

Goals

The goal was to create an interactive artwork for a new public park. The artwork also functions as a counterpoint to the kinetic skin of the adjacent Children's museum.

Process

The concept for the artwork evolved from a collaboration with the landscape Architect, Andrea Cochran, and the staff of the Children's Museum.