Cloud | Meteoros
Materials: Aluminium, resin casts, paint
Dimensions: Diptych 800 x 270 x 297cm & 600 x 230 x 280cm
Exhibition history: 2015 Lille, France; 2013 Terrace Wires, St Pancras International London
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta
A suspended meeting place, the sky is the agora of our imagination.
Floating amid the glass-vaulted architecture of the historic Barlow Shed of St Pancras, Cloud | Meteoros resembles vast cumuli populated with travellers, a ‘magic carpet’ taking passengers on an imaginary journey in the skies. It also carries a political message. The cloud calls into question how mankind will share the vital resource of water on earth.
Meteoros is a word derived from ancient Greek, meaning raised from the ground, suspended, lofty or in the midst. Clouds have long been intercessors between reality and the imagination, between heaven and earth, lightness and gravity. They inhabit the skies of Renaissance fresco paintings, often depicted crowded with laymen and prophets, angels and deities. Throughout history, this celestial vault has been a site of conviviality, of learning and exchange.
Cloud | Meteoros was on view at St Pancras International London (April 18 - October 10, 2013) as part of a new annually rotating public art initiative by HS1 titled Terrace Wires. The artists were selected to create the very first public sculpture to be suspended in the Eurostar terminal, where their artwork was a cardinal welcome to the nearly one million visitors to the station each week.