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Cloudstones bring a sky view down to the ground plane.

CLOUDSTONES

Mineral Springs Park, Seattle, Washington

2004

Carved and polished stone

16 to 36 inches tall, 24 to 60 inches in diameter

Commissioned by Seattle Arts Council

 

This is a series of 13 black and white granite and marble domes are set along a path in Mineral Springs Park. Their placement leads viewers out into meadow areas. The heights of the domes vary with some curving low to the ground and others arching abruptly out of the grass. They range in diameter from two feet to five feet. The black domes reflect the sky and clouds, while the white domes glow in the evening. The text around the base of the domes talks about different cloud formations and the types of weather they bring. The text on the white domes speaks of celestial patterns.

This park is used by dog walkers who visit two times a day, in the bright morning and at twilight.

The stones reflect the weather at present and speak of the weather to come.

The white domes are carved from Carrera marble. The carved text refers to star orbits and celestial bodies.

The domes allow for sitting and gazing. The black domes retain the heat of the sun and are pleasantly warm to sit on. The white domes glow in the waning light of evening.

The domes have a high polish finish with a rough finish band around the bottom to withstand the marks of lawn and meadow maintenance. 

Eric Sloane’s Weather Book was part of the research for this project.

Sandblasted text on the white domes tell of the moon and stars. As the daylight fades at dusk, the white domes remain bright while the dark domes sink into the shadows.

Cloud formations are named and described:

Cirrostratus, Halo for the Moon

Nimbostratus, Grey Blanket

Rain River Sea Cloud

Stratus: Layer 

Cirrus: Curl