Puffy Clouds Relieve Doldrums in Sweden


Cloud Cuckoo Sky installation by Swede Frida Fjellman

September 19, 2008. Sometimes modern architecture needs a little extra warmth—to say nothing of medical researchers drowning in casework. The atrium of the Sahlgrenska University Hospital medical research center in Gothenburg, Sweden, and its occupants were just such an unhappy case until local designer Frida Fjellman, sponsored by the Swedish National Public Art Council, brightened up the place with a series of puffy multicolored clouds. Made from acrylic glass, the cartoonish clouds, along with whispy elements that mimic soft breezes, are suspended at various heights in the 62-foot-high atrium, reflected in nearby windows and visible through the glass wall of the elevator bank. Some are lit from within like neon lights. "I had this idea in my mind for years," says Fjellman, who recently sold the piece to the Art Council (though it will remain at the research center). "It started on a trip to Tokyo, when I was impressed by the fearless manner in which the Japanese use color and pattern in a way that is both tough and gentle. I thought of the clouds as ideas and the neon lights as streams of blue air that represent the connections between ideas." fridafjellman.nu, statenskonstrad.se

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