Thundercloud Final Report Part 2




Inspired by nature I tried to create a piece that accurately mimicked a thundercloud. Much like the organic design movement took inspiration from different aspects of nature. I think the results were successful. At expo, the light fixture was received well by the public! Many comments were made about how realistic the lightning flashes looked.

The final fixture is about 4.5 ft x 2.5 ft. Moving forward with this design, instead of having one singular cloud, I think it would be very cool to convert an entire ceiling of a room into a thundercloud. After completing this project, I do not think this task would be that difficult. One person, an elementary school teacher, said she would love to have something like my cloud in her classroom. Maybe someday I could install a full ceiling thundercloud in a classroom or a home.


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  • Andre Szlendak
    May 2, 2016 6:44 pm

    I like the inspiration, should bring a good natural feel to wherever you decide to put it. I love all the images you had from Flow Vis here. Likewise, I think you gave an accurate reflection of how lightening would grow in a real cloud.

  • Laura Bonney
    May 2, 2016 12:00 am

    Liz, I really like the way your thundercloud turned out. I was thinking that it would be cool to hang that above a bed in a room with stars all over the ceiling . It would be particularly funny to do that if someone wasn’t expecting it. Just imagine their hazy confusion, Well, it seems too much of a fire risk but it is fun! Great job.

  • Jason Mcgrath
    May 1, 2016 9:38 pm

    This thundercloud was one of my favorite projects at Expo. It took me by surprise because I hadn’t followed your project. I guess there was so many that it was hard to keep track of them all. In my final post, I mentioned that I felt several projects lost sight of aesthetics and perhaps got caught up in the technical aspects of the project. However, the thundercloud was beautiful and simple. Which is why it stood out to me in context of Aesthetics of Design.

    As a causal observer, the project looked well planned and thoroughly finished. I could imagine such a project coming together rather effortlessly – all the better. I think choosing to make such an elegant piece was perfect for this class assignment. Very inspiring.

    If I might make a suggestion in the spirit of constructive critique, I might suggest working more with the cloud material to create some sort of swirly effect as shown in the picture. Or perhaps create a shape that invokes the imagination to see shapes in the clouds. Good stuff.

  • Katie Hortik
    May 1, 2016 3:54 pm

    The look of your project turned out so well and seems so realistic! I think it would look amazing as a ceiling to a room. It might be cool to make the ceiling so that it could have multiple modes like starry night or sunset. I realize this is outside the scope of your current project, but it would make an amazing 2nd phase of the project. Is there sound associated with your project?

  • Chad Alvarez
    April 29, 2016 6:30 pm

    Liz this turned out excellent it looks awesome! I really like your idea for turning a whole ceiling into a thundercloud. This would be an awesome project for a classroom or even an art show or something similar. Nice work!


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