Clouds - Window on the World
Materials: Window frame, glass, recycled water bottles, resin, epoxy paint
Dimensions: 125 x 134 x 50cm
Catalogued: Clouds | Nuages, Damiani Editore Milan 2012
Exhibition history: 2011 La Maréchalerie - centre d'art contemporain Versailles
Courtesy: Private Collection, France
Lucy + Jorge Orta began experimenting with recycled water bottles following a residency in Cairo (2009). Here, they encountered the now threatened Zabaleen communities who scrape a living as the unofficial ‘garbage people’ of the city, recycling 80% of what they collect. The water bottle not only embodies the inequality of access to one of our most vital resources but also serves as an environmentally relevant construction material. Orta experimented with assembling bottles together and coating them with a resin, leading to the Clouds series as first shown in Versailles (2011). This body of work includes shelters and sculptures shown at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2013), as well as the monumental installation Cloud | Meteoros (2013), a commission for London St Pancras International station. The title of the series references not only the physical resemblance to clouds but also the natural water cycle, which could be affected by climate change and pollution.