Taxonomy of a Cloud 

Stuart Keeler
San Diego International Airport

How is a cloud made? This sculptural formation is based upon the study of the structure of how water and condensation creates atoms to form a cloud. A series of microscopic lattice work grids are formed in the science based observation. This network structure is called a lattice. Any location in a crystal lattice is known as a lattice point. Since the crystal lattice repeats in three dimensions, there will be an entire set of lattice points which are identical.

Clouds forming and moving across the sky, steam rising from a coffee mug, are all realistic portrayals of amorphous fluid-like “cloud” phenomena. How is a cloud made? This sculptural form takes form from a lattice grid structure which creates a transparent light massing of a cloud as a rectangular massing of form.

The viewer will see the static grid form builds up to create the outline of a “square” cloud formation. The visual effect is almost as if the viewer has peeled back the soft fluffy white clouds, and to find the lattice structure inside!
Lattice Clouds are a natural phenomenon that occurs when the clouds form linear and perpendicular formations to one another. This usually happens in a warm seasonal coastal climate such as the southern Pacific Rim, or parts of the Mediterranean. San Diego has Lattice Cloud formations due to its geographic location.

The structure and grid information is fabricated and informed from the mathematics of the Golden Section. Always spiraling, always the same, replicating itself. The cloud form of the white lattice structure is light and airy; the formations of clouds are always building on themselves in a similar fashion conceptually as the golden ratio.