eCLOUD

Submitted by Nikolaus Hafermaas

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Project

Client: City of San Jose Public Art Program

Location: San Jose, United States

Completion date: 2010

Artwork budget: $680,000

Project Team

Artist

Nikolaus Hafermaas

Artist

Aaron Koblin

Artist

Dan Goods

Overview

eCLOUD is a dynamic sculpture inspired by the volume and behavior of an idealized cloud. Clouds are ephemeral and in perpetual transformation, their abstract shapes are constantly teasing the mind of the observer to ‘see’ and interpret. Clouds focus our attention to the sky and connect us to our fascination with flying. The core volume of the piece is 16′ wide x 12′ tall x 108′ long and the pixels will be hung from a tensile structure.

Goals

eCLOUD was part of an overall art installation plan for the San Jose Airport. By replaying data through time, abstract imageries move from one panel to the next, creating visualizations that traverse the concourse space. A monolithic Dynamic Display communicates the current dataset to the viewers.

Process

This project had a very close collaboration process between the Commissioning Agency for the airport and our artist team. The artists were responsible for the artistic concept, design and programming of the piece. The Commissioning Agency was responsible for the integration of eCLOUD into the overall airport art activation plan.