cloud layer sculpture

This piece was meant to be a sort of cartoon of the movement of cloud layers. It was made for 4.322 (Introduction to Sculpture) as an assignment to make something related to the sky. The cloud layers were made of tracing paper glued to steel wire rings which were bent into organic shapes, colored with a wash of acrylic. There were Five rings, in graduated sizes, and they all were hung from an eye-bolt by mono-filament line. Each ring had three attachment points, and the rings were nested so that they each had a few centimeters of free movement. The piece was attached to a magnetic base meant to stick to a steel light fixture, so that the light could filter through the paper "cloud layers." The piece had two different views, each with different aesthetics: the underneath view, which displayed the original intention of mimicking the movement of cloud layers, and the side view, in which all of the layers were visible at once, and the twisting, gnarled outlines of the wire rings can be seen, as well as the translucent fishing line.

To give you an idea of scale, the bottom layer was about 0.8 m (~2.5 ft) in diameter, while the top layer was around 0.2 m (~8 in), and the entire thing was probably a meter tall. I got the original idea for this piece on the first day of the class, when I noticed that the lower layer of clouds moving much faster than an upper layer, and another layer just visible above the second one. After staring at the sky for five minutes or so, I decided to try and make something inspired by that view and luckily my idea fit right in to one of the class assignments.

a view from the bottom a closeup of the underneath of the sculpture