This is the time of year when I crave light, whether a quick getaway to somewhere warm, a bright top—or even an amazing art installation! Cloud, created by Calgary artists Caitlind Brown and Wayne Garrett, made me gasp when I saw it online. It’s a beautiful, surreal yet tangible ode to light and nature, a work of art that you can touch and interact with that is, quite literally, illuminating. The video of people standing underneath it and sharing its magic is inspiring. I’m dying to find an excuse to jump on a plane to Calgary to see it. But in the meantime, it’s prompted me to go to my local art galleries and interact with the creativity that’s all around us—much cheaper than a plane ticket and just as uplifting.
Created by artists Caitlind Brown and Wayne Garrett, Cloud was made from over 6,000 light bulbs (some new, some burnt out) for Calgary’s inaugural Nuit Blanche, an annual multi-city, all-night contemporary-arts festival. People came together beneath the whimsical installation, laughing as they pulled on strings, attempting to completely illuminate it. Caitlind was overwhelmed by the response: “What can I say? People love light bulbs. People, also, whether they know it or not, love touching art.”