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WonderSpot is a public art installation space which is seen by more than 30,000 people who drive by it, on average, per day. Artists whose projects are chosen for this unique presentation space receive a stipend for their work.
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The WonderSpot on Broadway features an art installation “The Clouds Are Gathering” by local artist Jenny Dowd. She shares the following about her experience creating her work for the WonderSpot:
“While considering the Wonder Spot location as well as strategies to activate the space, I focused on change and interaction. The piece needed to change from day to night, as well as with every vantage point. This made me think of clouds, as they change with every angle. I also wanted the sculpture to interact with the surrounding area in a surprising yet realistic way. The sculpture grew and evolved over the month that it took to install.
Breaking out from the borders of the WonderSpot was visually important and also allowed the clouds to engulf the space. At a great distance the clouds are not as visible and take shape only upon approach. Up close, all the parts and pieces used to make each form are visible. At this point it is as if the cloud particles have been magnified making the whole no longer discernible. Even though you may be standing below them looking at all the parts, it is also as if you are inside a cloud and cannot see the edges. While they are not big and bold, the wispy clouds interact with their environment, seeming to hang just like low clouds would before a storm and linger long after it has passed.
The three clouds are each made from fabricated steel armatures and threaded with hundreds of porcelain orbs. The range of colors is due to different types of clay as well as firing temperatures and processes; this variety adds texture and depth. Strands of solar powered fairy lights are clustered within for a nighttime glow.”