Cloud Witness, Gilda's Club Kentuckiana - CODAworx

Cloud Witness, Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana

Submitted by Andy Harding

Client: Gilda's Club Kentuckiana

Location: Louisville, KY, United States

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $27,300

Project Team

Artist/Project Manager

Andy Harding

Andy Harding Art

Gallery liaison

Susan Moreman

Moremen Gallery

Structural Steel Work

Steve Ruxer

Sentry Steel, Inc


Megan McCombs

Potter and Associates

COO/Project coordinator

Janet Gruenberg

Gilda's Club Kentuckiana


Chris Doyle


Hunt Pennington


This suspended mixed media sculpture installation is composed of geometric polygon sculptures composed of reclaimed old growth pine and discarded acrylic “clouds” suspended in a 50′ long skylight space. The piece measures 50’x6’x6′ and was commissioned by Gilda’s Club for this newly renovated space.


The leadership at Gilda's Club wanted a striking focal point for the beautiful skylight space. The natural wood forms bring a contemporary edge to the space while also providing warmth. The acrylic cloud forms have a subtle but moving interplay with the slightly obscured sky above the translucent skylight.


I coordinated with the architects of the space to determine anchor points for the piece. After getting sign-off from the structural engineer, we contracted the metal workers to drill 1/8" holes in the aluminum roof supports at precise increments. Fifty foot lengths of 1/16" aircraft cable were passed down the length of the space through each roof support in line with the window mullions so that they would disappear into the ceiling. These cables were secured at each end after tensioning. We were able to install the various elements of the sculpture on these parallel tensioned cables using ladders and scaffolding in an efficient manner.