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60 folded sheets : illustrations. "The sixty pastel drawings that comprise this book were originally created for a public art project at the new Elizabeth Line station at Paddington in London. The entire work, titled "A Cloud Index," presents 27 different types of clouds within a single composition. The drawings were scanned and then printed onto 180 clear glass panels (each 2 meters x 6 meters) and installed in the canopy of the station. The pages of this book can be assembled and attached to a wall to re-create the entire artwork, at a reduced scale. The number printed on the back of each leaf corresponds to its location within the entire composition, which is a horizontal grid of 3 up x 20 across. Begin in the top left corner with the first drawing, followed by the second and third drawings placed below. The fourth drawing begins the second column at the top and so on until you get to the sixtieth drawing which completes the grid at the bottom right of the composition."--Inside front cover. "'A Cloud Index' by Spencer Finch is a cloudscape that has been printed onto the glazed roof of the new Elizabeth line station, making it one of the largest permanent artworks ever created in the capital, funded by Heathrow and the City of London Corporation. Finch has hand-drawn 60 original pastels that combine to create a unique collage of clouds, that when printed onto the transparent canopy will appear to change according to the light, weather and the time of day. Given its unprecedented length, visitors will see the artwork in a new way depending on what way they enter, leave or move through the station. The canopy, which appears to float above the platforms 25 metres below ground, is a steel grid that holds 220 bespoke glass panels, each one weighing over a tonne. The hand drawn scene will be 'painted' onto 180 of the panels using ceramic dot matrix printing that not only creates the image, but also reduces solar glare into the station." Printing, die Keure, Bruges. Produced in collaboration with Lisson Gallery, London. Folded loose sheets held together with large rubber band. RISD Alumnus, MFA , Sculpture, 1989. Fleet Library at RISD Alumni Collection.

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[London] : Trying to Press, 2020.


©[London] : Trying to Press, 2020.

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pastels (visual works); paper


34 cm

A Cloud Index



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