HappyCloud @ Tate Modern
Tate Modern, Bankside
25th February 2009
photo © Ellis Scott / Eddie Mulholland
Using technology never seen before in the UK, Stuart Semple unveiled "Happy Cloud", an installation artwork of over 2000 pink smiling faces made from soap, helium and vegetable dye from the Tate Modern towards London's financial district.
"I just wanted to make a piece of work that would cheer people up a bit. I've had enough of the doom and gloom in the air and I wanted to show something completely positive floating up to the sky. This was the most straight forward way I could think of to literally contribute something happy to the atmosphere. I'm hoping it might put a smile on a few people's faces as they go through their day. I'm also keen to help people remember that the success of British cultural industries is relatively new, the Tate itself wasn't there a decade ago. I believe these cultural industries have been hugely important in the re-juvination of parts of the city, and a very wholesome and important contributor to the economy. I know at times like this it's easy to make creativity a low priority but I want to show that on a very human level an artistic idea might be able to do something important even for a fleeting moment."-Stuart Semple, 2009