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High elevations clouds consist of ice crystals that melt into rains as they descend into lower atmospheres. Taking inspiration from these clouds, Skywall, was created with a suspended half-circle of sixty blocks of ice hovering over a crescent shaped pond that collected water as the ice melted. Each block of ice encapsulated translucent fabric, capturing a video projection of rolling clouds. As the ice melted, it rained upon thin metal discs which activated a sound signal receiver that released melodic tones. Despite the heavy nature of this installation—weighing nine tons—the serene work appeared light due to the material qualities from which it was constructed.

Bill Bartolotta
Daniel Morehouse
Ty Russell
Jim Nadeau
Sound Engineer
Todd Carter

4 channel video installation, 60 blocks of ice, sound activated

Private Commission