Berndnaut Smilde’s Indoor Clouds

All images by Berndnaut Smilde via Hi-Fructose

We may be in the midst of an arctic vortex, but at least we can stay cozy indoors, away from the weather. That’s not the case when it comes to the work of Amsterdam-based artist Berndnaut Smilde, who transforms spaces and places for just an instant, creating temporary clouds with a combination of temperature, humidity, and science.

Smilde transforms these quiet, seemingly abandoned spaces with small clouds that last only long enough for a photograph. The final product is one of disrupted solitude, with nature breaking down the barriers of man-made structures.



About Julie O.

A lover of all things vintage and vintage-inspired, Julie bought her first 1950s frock in the fifth grade. Since then, Julie has become a self-described connoisseur of vintage and thrift shopping, which she shares on her blog, Orchid Grey. When she’s not scouring the racks for the perfect vintage skirt, this native New Englander can be found deftly navigating the slopes of a ski mountain, taking road-trips to the beach, and exploring new places with a vintage camera in her hand.

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  1. Selene 01/07/2014 at 4:07 pm #

    Just stunning! By the way, Andy Goldsworthy is also an artist that creates his art from material found in nature. Check him out.

    • Julie O. (ModCloth) 01/08/2014 at 7:50 am #

      Glad you like Smilde’s work, Selene — I’m a huge Goldsworthy fan, I definitely see the similarity!

      • Selene 01/13/2014 at 2:37 pm #

        As an artist, who utilizes what can be found in nature to create my art. I appreciate other artists who also think outside the typical mediums often found at your local arts and crafts stores.

  2. Susan 01/08/2014 at 11:04 am #

    So gorgeous!

  3. Georgiana 01/11/2014 at 3:23 am #

    These are so interesting. I wonder how the author got inspired to create these. Observing clouds in the sky one day and then thinking “I wish there were clouds in my interior too…”? It is very nice form of art.

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