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Cloud Crash

Artists HeHe present Cloud Crash, a collection that will shock, inspire, and start conversation about how the public views pollution and its dangers


Critically acclaimed artists, HeHe, have come together with the Museum of Science & Industry to produce Cloud Crash; three pieces of artwork that envision the pollution and the damage modern society is having on the environment.

The project is part of Cape Farewell’s annual Lovelock Art Commission for the museum, inspired by climate scientist James Lovelock, a man famous for the Gaia hypothesis a theory that proposes that the Earth is a self-regulating system.

Made up of three pieces, Airbag, Burnout, and Diamonds In The Sky, Helen Evans and Heiko Hansen the Paris-based artists behind the artwork explained that Cloud Crash was a way of making the Earth’s atmosphere visible. Speaking further, they said that by doing this project, they aimed to show the public how pollution and climate change is causing environmental damage and inspire ideas on how to change it.

Airbag, is designed as “micro-climate…suspended in the enclosed space of a damaged, abandoned Vauxhall Astra” to showcase the damage of passenger vehicles, which are recognised as a major pollution contributor due to their production of nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and other pollutants. In 2013, it was estimated that transport contributed almost half of the world’s pollution.

A second piece, called Burnout, depicts “a greenhouse filled with chimney emission” and is modeled after Bankside Power Station, which now is used as the Tate Modern art museum and gallery.

Across in the Air and Space Hall of MSI, is the final piece — Diamonds In The Sky. This artwork takes a different form to the others, as a video. It depicts, “an air quality index, a map of air pollution” which “becomes a coloured cloud moving towards Manchester’s first skyscraper, Beetham Tower”.

Cloud Crash, which is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), aims “to bring atmospheric science powerfully to life across the Museum site” and will “blur the boundaries between the natural and man-made”.

Although launched as a headliner for the Manchester Science Festival in October of this year, the exhibition will run until the 3rd of February 2017.