Cloud Cover

March 6, 2013

"Cloud Cover" by Teresita Fernandez, Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park

“Cloud Cover” by Teresita Fernandez, Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park

I bring fresh showers for the thirsting flowers,
From the seas and the streams;
I bear light shade for the leaves when laid
In their noonday dreams.
From my wings are shaken the dews that waken
The sweet buds every one,
When rocked to rest on their mother’s breast,
As she dances about the sun.
I wield the flail of the lashing hail,
And whiten the green plains under,
And then again I dissolve it in rain,
And laugh as I pass in thunder.”
— Percy Bysshe Shelley, from “The Cloud”

We have so much natural cloud cover in Seattle, it seems fitting that one of the installations at Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park is called “Cloud Cover,” a walkway with laminated and colored glass.  I like the overlay of images as I take in the views through the colored panels.  The shifting light offers different views of our urban scene.

"Cloud Cover" with Spaceneedle

“Cloud Cover” with Spaceneedle

"Cloud Cover" with Seattle's Big Wheel

“Cloud Cover” with Seattle’s Big Wheel

Apartment building through "Cloud Cover"

Apartment building through “Cloud Cover”

5 Responses to “Cloud Cover”

  1. Elisa Says:

    I love the poem that you chose!

  2. Margaret Says:

    Is this new, or did we miss it on our visit?

    • Rosemary Says:

      This is a permanent installation, and it was there when we visited! We must have walked right past it!

  3. shoreacres Says:

    What a fanciful installation! It reminds me of Judy Collin’s line about clouds – “I really don’t know clouds at all”. This is a side of clouds few of us get to see!

    • Rosemary Says:

      And these days, of course, the word and meaning of cloud has been usurped by the tech culture. Thanks for reminding me about the Judy Collins lyric.


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