Cloud City is on loan through and with the generous support of the Christian Keesee Charitable Trust.
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center reflects, refracts and rearranges the skyline of downtown Oklahoma City this fall with Tomás Saraceno’s Cloud City. The large-scale art installation opened Sept. 8 at Campbell Art Park, adjacent to the site of our planned art campus at NW 11th and Broadway. At the groundbreaking of the new center, founder and president Chris Keesee announced an extension of the installation. Support and interest have been extraordinary, so the sculpture will stay in OKC through Oct. 30.
Visitors to Cloud City can walk inside what Saraceno calls “a utopian city in the sky.” Made of steel and acrylic, the structure is both transparent and reflective, so that grass may appear overhead and the sky is reflected onto the ground. The 16 interconnected modules – each the size of a small room – draw shapes from natural forms, including bubbles, clouds, universes, bacteria, foam and animals’ neural communication networks.
Previously shown on the rooftop of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls, Colo., the 28-foot-tall installation in Campbell Art Park will reflect and reimagine the downtown Oklahoma City cityscape and our state’s unending sky. Saraceno notes: “When it is reassembled in a different place, the sky and the environment will be different; it will change completely.” The change it will bring to downtown will be breathtaking.
The sculpture shows how Saraceno, who studied art and architecture in his native Argentina and in Frankfurt, Germany, blends them with science and engineering. Instead of designing buildings, the artist has developed a series of projects that present alternative ways of perceiving reality and interacting with others.
All visitors will be welcome to enjoy Cloud City from ground level 24 hours a day, but the interior of the sculpture will be open for exploration Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. As with all exhibitions at our fairgrounds location, admission will be free. A limited amount of people can be inside at once, so we recommend you reserve your space in advance. Walkups will be admitted as space and time allow. Interior visitors must follow specific safety guidelines (see below) and will be required to sign a waiver to enter. Kids must be 48 inches to enter (smaller children can see a virtual tour in the Showroom). Schedule your visit now:
Cloud City is presented by Oklahoma City Community Foundation.
Other sponsors include:
Mercedes-Benz of Oklahoma City | Midfirst Bank | Annie Bohanon | Smith and Pickel Construction
DesignTunnel | Downtown OKC, Inc. | Amanda and Nathaniel Harding | Oklahoma Gazette | Saxum | Lisa and Tony Vaughn
Images: Photos were taken when Tomas Saraceno’s Cloud City was displayed at Green Box Arts Festival, in Green Mountain Falls, Colo., in 2013, or on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2012. Above: entire structure: David Lauer Photography. Interior and (below) with photographer: Tom Kimmell Photography. New York Skyline and (below) top: Tomás Saraceno on the Roof: Cloud City, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, 2012. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, © 2012.
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