Quantum Cloud - River Thames - Greenwich, London, UK.
N 51° 30.113 E 000° 00.552
31U E 292430 N 5709879
Quick Description: Anthony Gormley's 'Quantum Cloud' is approx 100 feet tall. The sculpture has an apparent silhouette of a man at the centre. Located on the Thames riverbank beside the Millennium Dome, near Greenwich, London.
Location: South Wales, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/22/2012 8:54:19 AM
Waymark Code: WMF4KE
At first sight, the sculpture looks like a mass of steel rods, but if you look a little closer, and move around the sculpture, you can soon make out a shadowy silhouette of a large figure, at the centre.
The structure is just a mass of steel bars, but computer aligned to form an image of a man in the center.
The Quantum cloud contains nearly 4,000 galvanised, square section, steel bars, each bar is 1.5m long, and the Sculpture measures 29m high, 16m wide and 10m deep. It was commissioned as part of the Millennium celebrations, to sit alongside the 'Dome' on the River Thames enbankment.
"It took months of arguing in our household to decide whether we could see a shadowy human figure depicted in the centre of this ovoid tree of what looks suspiciously like scaffolding bars, but there IS actually ‘someone’ in there – Gormley himself, apparently.
It’s all very clever stuff, based on algebra,where he programmed the shape of his own body into a computer, then created a random ‘cloud’ of squared bars of galvanised steel around it. The way the 20m figure is created is merely by having a greater density of the bits of metal welded together in the centre. At some angles the figure is quite clear, at others it just looks like a mass of tangled TV aerials, an ambiguity that Gormley intended, according to his artist’s statement at the time. The outer antennae are supposed to move with the wind, but I’ve never noticed". Text Source: (visit link