News March, 7th 2011 by Nick

Money well spent: A stick shaped cloud

The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. The 3.5 billion dollar costing festival is funded by the private sector. The event will take place in London from June 21st 2012 until September 9th, 2012 – the last day of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

American Avant-Garde artist Anthony McCall, specialized in cinema/projected film, is one of twelve artists who has received a £500,000 art commission to use the UK as his blank canvas. Deciding to take his art to the sky, Anthony McCall has unveiled plans to create what can be best described as a gigantic spinning column of fog. Apparently, a “coherent convection” of cloud and mist, will be created by gently rotating water at ground level and then adding heat so that the evaporation of the water can be controlled, forming a 65ft wide column that will reach up to 20 miles in the sky when the weather conditions are ideal.

Anthony McCall on the project:

“We’ve built several working models which is a way of learning about how the physics of the piece behave and we’ve now got a very good working model that demonstrates the piece in motion. It works as we hoped but you’re never prepared for the physicality of it – people have described it as mesmerising.

“It’s always a thrill when something you’re working on assumes a life of its own. It’s very exciting.”

All we’re thinking is $810.000 for a gigantic garden hose? They should have used the money to feed starving children in Africa buy a Rolls Royce Phantom!

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