© Oddbjørn Erland Aarstad
︎ OPEN WINDOW
is a cloud collected by Marie-Luce Nadal during the Notre Dame de Paris fire in 2019.
Preserved since then in a transparent glass tank, the cloud never stops evolving and transforming into flames and wisps of mist. Sensitive to light and temperature, it reacts to its environment.
Like an archivist, Marie-Luce Nadal captures the ephemeral to protect it from the passage of time.
With this sculpture, the artist establishes a parallel with what the Notre Dame fire taught us: the volatility of heritage.
Edition: Unique piece, private collection
, Atelier Basfroi, Paris, France, 2020
In the Clouds
, Stavanger Contemporary Art Museum, Norway, 2020
, ZKM Museum, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2019