Miracle Wonderland Carnival Co.
On display November 8–17
Cumulus Connection, or The Cloud Swings, is a series of swings suspended from glowing cloud structures, in which color and light are created as people engage with the artwork and swing through the air. If a swing is unoccupied, the cloud above it will emanate a steady white glow, which shines downward and illuminates the empty swing as an invitation to passersby. But when someone begins to swing, the transformation begins, and the white glow is replaced by vibrant colors that become more saturated as the swing moves faster. The goal is to provide nostalgic joy and connect participants to the wonders of the outdoors.
The Story of Water
Clouds are water made solid, and rainbows are water made light. Both are environmental miracles that never cease to delight and amaze. Cumulus Connection plays off these natural nostalgic elements to encourage interaction by viewers of all ages. Clouds are a key ingredient to our environmental health and sustainability. They serve as a visual representation of water within the atmosphere and are formed when invisible water vapor condenses into visible water droplets or crystals. Through this process, clouds are an essential component of the water cycle—evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and collection—and play a key role in the natural recycling of water within the earth. The swings on Cumulus Connection serve as an abstract representation of that concept: only by going back and forth—repeating this process—is water created, retained, and renewed.
Time and location to be determined.
Cumulus Connection was created by artist Lindsay Glatz, with design and fabrication by Curious Form. Based in New Orleans, they bring projects to life that encourage self-expression and activate authentic engagement with viewers. The artwork is produced by Miracle Wonderland Carnival Co. It premiered at Burning Man 2019 as an official honorarium project. Cumulus Connection takes inspiration from the collective identity, Miracle Wonderland Carnival Co.—a name inspired by The Wizard of Oz and that magical moment when a black and white world is transformed into technicolor.