Artist Berndnaut Smilde Creates Indoor Clouds

Berndnaut Smilde can control the weather. The Dutch artist can turn a clear sky cloudy—indoors. In his latest project, he's installed real Nimbus clouds in empty gallery spaces in Amsterdam.

“I wanted to make a very clear image, an almost cliché and cartoon like visualization of having bad luck."

Smilde's godlike powers come from simple science—he carefully regulates the temperature and humidity of the space, ensuring that conditions are perfect. Then, he sprays a short burst from a fog machine to create a cottony cloud suspended in the middle of the room.

Smilde's clouds dissipate so quickly that they exist mainly in photographs. He chooses surreal spaces, such as empty churches or galleries, as his setting.