“Nimbus” Clouds as Contemporary Art by Berndnaut Smilde

“Nimbus” art installation is the most famous work of Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde, a project that creates hyper-realistic miniature clouds in unique spaces such as museums, factories, castles, and dungeons.

"Nimbus" Clouds as Contemporary Art by Berndnaut Smilde

The modern artist has spent the last few years traveling the world to share his incredible and unique contemporary art installations to a diverse selection of audiences. Nimbus series present a transitory moment of presence in a specific location.

"Nimbus" Clouds as Contemporary Art by Berndnaut Smilde

"Nimbus" Clouds as Contemporary Art by Berndnaut Smilde

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They can be interpreted as a sign of loss or become, or just as a fragment from a classical painting. People have always had a strong metaphysical connection to clouds and through time have projected many ideas on them.

Smilde is interested in the temporary aspect of the work. It’s there for a few seconds before they fall apart again. The physical aspect is really important but the work in the end only exists as a photograph. The photo functions as a document of something that happened on a specific location and is now gone.

To materialize this modern installation he uses more than smoke and water vapor, and the results vary with the size and temperature of the location.  Smilde creates a wall of water vapor with the type of spritzer. A smoke machine then sends a puff of faux fog on a collision course. He likes to keep the clouds no bigger than six feet so they don’t fall apart too quickly. “I really like my clouds concentrated, with a lot of texture,” he says.
The result is stunning, an ephemeral artwork caught just before it vanishes.