3rd 01SJ Biennial September 2010

A global festival of art on the edge

Nuage Vert

Nuage Vert, 2008
Winner of the 2008 Green Prix award
Laser light installation
01SJ Biennial: Superlight
San Jose Museum of Art
May 10 – August 31, 2008

From February 22-29, 2008, Nuage Vert created a form of public signage through a laser light installation that projected the outline of a green cloud onto the vapor emissions from the Salmisaari coal mine in Helsinki, Finland. In an Unplug event local households reduced their electricity consumption, which increased the size of the green laser cloud. The usually invisible digital infrastructure that measures local electricity consumption was temporarily made public, materializing environmental issues and finding a public form for an ecological project. The green cloud remains ambiguous, becoming an emblem of both toxicity and the collective effort to reduce environmental pollution.