RainCloud: Beauty, Awe, and Success,

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RainCloud was presented at the IDX fest this last weekend Sept. 16th and 17th. and was a huge success! RainCloud is a floating augmented high-tech installation as well as a symbol of the natural environment; a reminder of the simple beauty found in our atmosphere and the never-ending cycle of water between ground and sky.

This simulated cloud floats 18 feet from the ground in an outdoor environment, and is illuminated from within using RGB LED lights. During the day, it  shimmers due to the reflective, iridescent qualities of its outer skin while at night it glows equally as brilliant by using artificial light. Glowing from within, the RainCloud changes color based on interaction from the audience (attendees of the arts festival) and/or based on environmental changes in its surroundings in real time. The RainCloud acts as a stage for performance, music, and education.  

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Pilgrim Heidi Kambitsch of OpenHeartCreatures performed Empathy Eyeball which was a beautiful puppet movement piece that revealed the frenzy of humanity through clashing thunderbolts. The performance ended with the empathy eyeball releasing tears of joy and sadness.

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The H2Ohio panel discussion was a tremendous success bringing together  of array of studies on freshwater. The panel discussed Ohio Freshwater on a Global Scale and talked about the state of water locally, nationally, and globally. The discussion focused specifically in the areas of environmental protection, economics and industry, health and well being, and the future outlook of water.  We were honored to have such a passionate, intelligent, and thoughtful panel. Panel consisted of Jason Cervenec, Elissa Yoder Mann, Dr. Ben Warnock, and Cheryl Johncox

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RainCloud would not have been possible without the determination, talents, and perserverence of the OBLSK team of Artists.

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Pelham Johnston: Director- Pelham led the RainCloud project overseeing the design choices, the integration of electronic components, and the interactive elements.  Pelham was quite impressive with 10 hrs of sleep in the last 4 days before the installation.

 

 

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Maxwell McEvoy: Production Artist-Maxwell was on the project from concept to completion offering support in the structural design, concept, and aesthetic of the RainCloud.  Maxwell was the master seamster, without his dedication to heat sealing the seams the RainCloud would never float.

 

 

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Marque Reavley: Software Engineer- Marque is a software wizard and a virtuoso in working through glitches and possible hiccups in the code.  He is an incredible collaborator and his calm energy and efficient work ethic keeps us all in awe.

 

 

 

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Aidan Seine: Electronics Engineer- Aidan was flown in from Los Angelos because of his incredible skills in electronic engineering. He was able to create magic working in large scale and under a tight budget.

 

 

 

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Stacie Sells-Vanscoder: Project Manager- Without Stacie this project would never have gotten off the ground  pun intended!). Her organization and collaboration with all the outside parts and pieces made this piece real to the public .  She was the drive behind the H2OHIO Freshwater panel discussion.

 

 

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eve Warnock: Creative Director/Producer- eve Warnock took the vision of the RainCloud and made it a reality.  She has a knack for taking things out of the thin air and blowing them up to 30 ft to float. She has a passion for public art and pushes the boundaries for both the public and her team on concept, achievability, and imagination.

 

 

Special Thank yous to Adam Brouillette and the IDX team that supported us on our visions and helped to make it possible, to American Polyfilm for donating the Polyurethane, To Sunny Meadow Flower Farm for donating the Grass, to Geers Gas for the discounted helium, To Sarah Iles Johnston for her support and sponsorship, and to our three beautiful children, Wolfgang, Archer, and Orion for their patience, love, and inspiration.

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