The Sky in Art

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“Over the last weeks, Artpool’s team has been constantly looking up. As we have become in immersed in the project Celeste, by Spanish artist Solimán Lopez who has been installing beacons in cities all over the world to take pictures of the sky, we perceive ourselves talking about how the heavens have been an important subject in art, and the many different and interesting projects artists have created by looking up.

Of course you know the mesmerising blue of The Starry Night, by Van Gogh or the vibrant red background in The Scream by Edvard Munch. But do you know these other amazing artworks?”

“In 1963, Georgia O’Keffee began to capture the endless expanses of clouds she had observed from airplane windows during her trips all over the world. The American painter described the changing patterns and colors she saw through her cabin window as “breathtaking” and was moved to interpret these sights and feelings in paint. Sky above Clouds IV is the most ambitious of the series: the monumental painting created in 1965, as she was 77 years old, measures 2,5 meters tall by 7 meters wide. The reason why she worked on such a large canvas was because the size also helps to get across the experience of seeing the great expanse of the sky when flying.”

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Flamingo, J. (2022, July 13). The sky in art. Artpool Blog. https://blog.artcuratorgrid.com/the-sky-in-art/

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These artists replicate the idea of touching the sky, and this sort of captivating experience is what I want to touch on in designing an experience for visitors. Before the Wright Brothers were known as engineering marvels, they were not scientists as much as visionaries who were interested in the sky. Each of the pieces in the above article were inspired by the sky in some way, and each one differently. The Wright Brothers inspiration is not the only way to inspire people to look up, and these are examples of that.