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London Art at Site www.londonart.info Antony	Gormley	Quantum cloud
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Antony Gormley

Quantum cloud

1999
Millennium Dome (contemporary)
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Shape
A fabric starts on the bottom with a recognizable structure, which is switching to an ever looser structure. If you look closely, on the inside of the structure there appears a human figure. I find it better to a more apparent effect. I would have liked it better when the person would be better recognizable.

Material
The artwork consists of shiny tubes of the same length. The reason for this is not entirely clear. I would have found it interesting when different structures were used. It seems to me that a reference is made to molecules. It would have been possible to express this by using several materials and / or components.

Location
The artwork once stood on a structure inside the Thames, with on the background the elements air and water.

Meaning
This artwork is a good starting point for a creative and meaningful artwork that makes use of the elements which are surrounding the artwork.

Compared with other works
Apparent technical components prove to be enlargements of eyes, mouth, fingers, shoes. The title is Le Dandy (Los Angeles, picture 1, more information). It seems that Jean Dubuffet wanted to expose vanity. It is not clear whether the work is intended as a deconstruction of the character of the person or that it’s making a joke on the person.

This person is incorporated into larger and smaller structures (Human Condition, Agenore Fabbri, Milan, picture 2, more information). It’s a pity for this man that the structures don’t seems to move and therefore this man seems quite lonely.

This statue La Demeure Humanine by Ossip Zadkine (Amsterdam, picture 3, more information) is of a wondrous beauty. The persons are connected with each other and their environment. The material is interesting. The artwork is in dialogue with other coeval works (made by Brague, Piscasso).

This strong woman Mama Branka by Nelson Carrilho (Amsterdam, picture 4, more information) is made of earth, but it is cracked and broken. The woman is looking sad and holding her head slightly turned out of pity. This bronze structure seems to be made of slices of earth. The woman is having her hands nearby and this time this generous woman is not willing to hug. She is apparently full of sorrow and needs time to process this. This is a good and important work.

This artwork structure Molecule Man by Jonathan Borofsky (Berlin, picture 4, more information) is optimistic and is an ode to modern mankind. The persons make close contact with each other, they are standing strong and start to move, they are having fun.
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www.wikipedia.org:
The Quantum Cloud is a contemporary sculpture, designed by Antony Gormley, located next to the Millennium Dome in London. The sculpture was commissioned for the site and was completed in 1999.
At 30 metres high, it is Gormley's tallest sculpture to date (taller than the Angel of the North). It is constructed from a collection of tetrahedral units made from 1.5 m long sections of steel. The steel sections were arranged using a computer model with a random walk algorithm starting from points on the surface of an enlarged figure based on Gormley's body that forms a residual outline at the centre of the sculpture.
In designing Quantum Cloud, Antony Gormley was influenced by Basil Hiley, quantum physicist (and long-time colleague of David Bohm). The idea for Quantum Cloud came from Hiley's thoughts onpre-space as a mathematical structure underlying space-time and matter,[1] and his comment that “algebra is the relationship of relationships.” The comment was made during a conversation between Gormley, Hiley and writer David Peat at a 1999 London gathering of artists and scientists, organized by Peat.