‘Cloud’ is one of Troika’s early collaborations and indicative of how the artist collective strives to combine science, art and metaphysical enquiry. The suspended sculpture is covered in thousands of mechanically animated dots that flip between silver and black – a technology originally used for information boards indicating arrival and departure times on travel boards commonly seen at train stations. The work speaks of a gone-by area, of a vernacular technology once barely taken note of in its everyday environment and form of use; the utilitarian function of telling time. By reworking an obsolete material, ‘Cloud’ is a comment on availability, production and consumption and reframes an object’s previous value through subsequent use.
The sculpture was commissioned by Artwise Curators in 2008 and is on permanent display at the British Airways Galleries Lounges, Heathrow’s Terminal 5, London.