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The Art of Clouds

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Filippo Minelli, Silence/Shapes
Filippo Minelli, Silence/Shapes © Filippo Minelli

Today we're looking at clouds, but exclusively at their silver linings – from pixelated cirrus and animal shapes to smoke bombs in the name of art

Clouds will forever fascinate us earth dwellers, for their infinite guises and mysterious ways. As Londoners, we are no strangers to a cloud or two, and even the greyest ones can be rather lovely. Here we round up some other favourites.

Daniel Arsham snapped clouds on his smart phone, blew them up into pixel format and then recreated them using coloured ping pong balls. All of which is fine by us.

Daniel Arsham, Pixel Cloud (New York) 2010
Daniel Arsham, Pixel Cloud (New York) 2010 Courtesy of Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin
Daniel Arsham, Pixel Cloud (Miami) 2010
Daniel Arsham, Pixel Cloud (Miami) 2010 Courtesy of Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin
Daniel Arsham, Pixel Cloud (New York) 2010
Daniel Arsham, Pixel Cloud (New York) 2010 Courtesy of Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin
Your dreams of sleeping in a cloud can be reality thanks to the Cloud Hotel. Designed by Zebra3, the hotel – like a real cloud – is mobile so you can float it wherever you wish.
Cloud by Zebra3/Le Nuage
Cloud by Zebra3/Le Nuage
Cloud by Zebra3/Le Nuage
Cloud by Zebra3/Le Nuage
Cloud by Zebra3/Le Nuage
Cloud by Zebra3/Le Nuage
Artist Spencer Finch often features clouds in his work. As stationery obsessives his clouds made from scotch tape really tickle our fancy. It’s a beautifully simple idea made from an everyday material.
Spencer Finch Cloud Study (Giverny) 0484, 2012
Spencer Finch Cloud Study (Giverny) 0484, 2012 © Spencer Finch, Courtesy Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin / Stockholm
Spencer Finch, Cloud (cumulus congestus, Spain), 2014
Spencer Finch, Cloud (cumulus congestus, Spain), 2014 © Spencer Finch, Courtesy Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin / Stockholm
Spencer Finch, Cloud (cumulus fractus, Massachusetts, E.D.), 2014
Spencer Finch, Cloud (cumulus fractus, Massachusetts, E.D.), 2014 © Spencer Finch, Courtesy Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin / Stockholm
Spencer Finch, Cloud (cumulus fractus, Brooklyn), 2014
Spencer Finch, Cloud (cumulus fractus, Brooklyn), 2014 © Spencer Finch, Courtesy Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin / Stockholm
The wonderful Cloud Appreciation Society offers membership for £4, which is a great gift for any cloud lover. They also have a good archive of clouds which look like other things.
A Kelvin-Helmholtz formation over Casper, US
A Kelvin-Helmholtz formation over Casper, US © Dwaine Wagoner
A rabbit hopping over Nottinghamshire, UK
A rabbit hopping over Nottinghamshire, UK © Andy Jamieson
A Pelican over a valley in Durmitor National Park, Montenegro
A Pelican over a valley in Durmitor National Park, Montenegro © Jelte Vredenbregt
A pair of Jellyfish clouds over Woodland Hills, Washington State, US
A pair of Jellyfish clouds over Woodland Hills, Washington State, US © Russ Hendricks
An Elephant over Havelock Island, Andaman, India
An Elephant over Havelock Island, Andaman, India © Sugata Kuila
Berndnaut Smildes' clouds in rooms are not camera trickery or cotton wool. Using light, water and air, he creates actual clouds for a brief moment, just long enough to capture a photo.
Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus Munnekeholm, 2012
Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus Munnekeholm, 2012 Courtesy the artist and Ronchini Gallery, Photography Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk
Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus Cukurcuma Hamam I, 2012
Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus Cukurcuma Hamam I, 2012 Courtesy the artist and Ronchini Gallery, Photography Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerkr
Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus Cukurcuma Hamam II, 2012
Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus Cukurcuma Hamam II, 2012 Courtesy the artist and Ronchini Gallery, Photography Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerkr
Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus D’Aspremont, 2012
Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus D’Aspremont, 2012 Courtesy the artist and Ronchini Gallery, Photography Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerkr
Until nature works out how to make coloured clouds we will have to make do with the work of Filippo Minelli. His smoke bombs released in areas of outstanding beauty create a perfectly framed fantasy.
Filippo Minelli, Silence/Shapes
Filippo Minelli, Silence/Shapes © Filippo Minelli
Filippo Minelli, Silence/Shapes
Filippo Minelli, Silence/Shapes © Filippo Minelli
Filippo Minelli, Silence/Shapes
Filippo Minelli, Silence/Shapes © Filippo Minelli
Filippo Minelli, Silence/Shapes
Filippo Minelli, Silence/Shapes © Filippo Minelli
Filippo Minelli, Silence/Shapes
Filippo Minelli, Silence/Shapes © Filippo Minelli
Before the summer goes make sure you grab a cone and create an ice cream cloud.
Cloud Ice Cream
Cloud Ice Cream

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