Have you ever wished you could chill in the clouds? Don’t try to deny it. We’ve all been there. While not really possible, at least we’re getting a little closer to the “experience”. Graduates from Germany’s Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design- Jordi Iranzo, Stefanie Rittler and Nadine Kesting- have designed an installation that makes visitors feel as though they are inside a cloud.
Cumulus, A Space For Calm, as it is titled, resembles a rain cloud. The body is raised on steel legs that bring the structure up to the same level as the branches of nearby trees. The construction consists of a tubular steel framework, designed to be easily assembled and disassembled, that is wrapped in a white elastic spacer fabric – a breathable polyester material with perforations made by German textile manufacturer 3DEA. The perforation of the fabric exposes inhabitants to precipitation and wind, just as they would be in an actual cloud. Inside, participants can lounge and experience the surroundings while enjoying a feeling of calm and lightness.
This installation takes advantage of the characteristics that fabric offers- Lightness, flexibility, strength and breathability. This takes the use of outdoor fabric structures to an entirely new and surreal level.