Cloud City
Cloud City, Tomás Saraceno
Cloud City
Cloud City, Tomás Saraceno
Cloud City
Cloud City, Tomás Saraceno
Cloud City
Cloud City, Tomás Saraceno
Cloud City
Cloud City, Tomas Saraceno
Cloud City
Cloud City, Tomás Saraceno

Tomás Saraceno: Cloud City

09/08 - 10/30/16

Cloud City is on loan through and with the generous support of the Christian Keesee Charitable Trust.

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center reflects, refracts and rearranges the skyline of downtown Oklahoma City this fall with Tomás Saraceno’s Cloud City. The large-scale art installation opened Sept. 8 at Campbell Art Park, adjacent to the site of our planned art campus at NW 11th and Broadway. At the groundbreaking of the new center, founder and president Chris Keesee announced an extension of the installation. Support and interest have been extraordinary, so the sculpture will stay in OKC through Oct. 30.

Visitors to Cloud City can walk inside what Saraceno calls “a utopian city in the sky.” Made of steel and acrylic, the structure is both transparent and reflective, so that grass may appear overhead and the sky is reflected onto the ground. The 16 interconnected modules – each the size of a small room –  draw shapes from natural forms, including bubbles, clouds, universes, bacteria, foam and animals’ neural communication networks.

Previously shown on the rooftop of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls, Colo., the 28-foot-tall installation in Campbell Art Park will reflect and reimagine the downtown Oklahoma City cityscape and our state’s unending sky. Saraceno notes: “When it is reassembled in a different place, the sky and the environment will be different; it will change completely.” The change it will bring to downtown will be breathtaking.

The sculpture shows how Saraceno, who studied art and architecture in his native Argentina and in Frankfurt, Germany, blends them with science and engineering. Instead of designing buildings, the artist has developed a series of projects that present alternative ways of perceiving reality and interacting with others.  

All visitors will be welcome to enjoy Cloud City from ground level 24 hours a day, but the interior of the sculpture will be open for exploration Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. As with all exhibitions at our fairgrounds location, admission will be free. A limited amount of people can be inside at once, so we recommend you reserve your space in advance. Walkups will be admitted as space and time allow. Interior visitors must follow specific safety guidelines (see below) and will be required to sign a waiver to enter. Kids must be 48 inches to enter (smaller children can see a virtual tour in the Showroom). Schedule your visit now:

You can also spend extra time -- and lend a helping hand -- at Cloud City by volunteering: three shifts earn you a free Oklahoma Contemporary membership and six get you a ticket to ArtNow.

VOLUNTEER

Cloud City is presented by Oklahoma City Community Foundation.

Other sponsors include: 

Mercedes-Benz of Oklahoma City | Midfirst Bank | Annie Bohanon | Smith and Pickel Construction

Journal Record

DesignTunnel | Downtown OKC, Inc. | Amanda and Nathaniel Harding  | Oklahoma Gazette  | Saxum | Lisa and Tony Vaughn

Images: Photos were taken when Tomas Saraceno’s Cloud City was displayed at Green Box Arts Festival, in Green Mountain Falls, Colo., in 2013, or on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2012. Above: entire structure: David Lauer Photography. Interior and (below) with photographer: Tom Kimmell Photography. New York Skyline and (below) top: Tomás Saraceno on the Roof: Cloud City, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, 2012. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, © 2012. 

 

Some things you'll need to know to tour Cloud City:

  • You may not bring any personal items into the sculpture (including purses and other bags, phones, cameras, food and beverage containers, etc.), though you may bring eyeglasses, sunglasses, hats and any necessary medications.
  • You must wear flat, rubber-soled shoes. You cannot access the structure if you are wearing flip flops, high heels or leather-soled shoes. (You can remove your shoes and explore the sculpture in provided booties.)
  • You must be able to walk without assistance. Unfortunately, wheelchairs and other mobility devices (e.g., crutches, canes and walkers) cannot be accommodated, except for canes with wrist straps used by visitors with visual impairments. These visitors may be accompanied by their service animals.
  • You must weigh less than 400 pounds.
  • Children must be at least 48 inches tall.
  • Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • We suggest that you wear pants or long shorts, as many areas of the structure are transparent and therefore visible from below.
  • Sunglasses are strongly recommended on sunny days to minimize the impact of reflected light within the structure.
  • You can read more detailed guidelines here.

Watch a time-lapse video of Cloud City being installed here (in full-size format) or in the window below. Thanks, Design Tunnel!

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