Cloud | Meteoros Lille
Materials: Resin, epoxy paint, aluminium
Dimensions: Five clouds: (280 x 90 x 180 cm) x 3; 800 x 270 x 297h cm; 600 x 230 x 280h cm
Exhibition history: 2015 Renaissance, Lille Flandres railway station, France; 2013 Terrace Wires, St Pancras International London, UK
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta
A suspended meeting place, the sky is the agora of our imagination.
The sculpture Meteoros resembles vast cumuli populated with travellers, a ‘magic carpet’ taking passengers on an imaginary journey in the skies. Meteoros is 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. The work also carries a political message, through the imagary of the cloud it calls into question how mankind will share the vital resource of water on earth.
Meteoros origianlly commissioned for London’s St Pancras International (2013), has been completed here with three clouds carrying winged cherubs, and installed at Gare Lille Flandres, France (2015) for the biennale Renaissance.