Studio Michael Sailstorfer, Berlin
On the asphalt outdoor lot in front of the artist’s studio in Berlin Weißensee, a steel casted cloud sculpture is suspended at the desired height (about 15-20m) from a crane boom, and then released to free-fall onto the ground like a demolition ball. The process is repeated several times, until open cracks and wavy folds appear in the asphalt pavement. Casted from the minimal shapes of the artist’s Clouds pieces, originally made of inflated truck inner tube tires, these silver iron cloud sculpture will combine formal lightness with material weight.
Through its sculptural trace, the performance inscribes itself into the Berlin site generating an area that is sunk below its surroundings: a depression in the geological sense of the term. Moreover, traces of the repeated impact affect the sculptural surfaces, witnessing – in the long run – their involvement in collision processes