At a site visit with artists Germaine Koh and Gordon Hicks, City staff and the architects reviewed the installation of the functional prototype for the Minoru Complex Errant Rain Cloud public artwork that was installed this week at Watermania.
Errant Rain Cloud is a whimsical white cloud that will hang above the leisure pool in the new Minoru Complex when it is completed in 2017. The public artwork will mimic the natural atmospheric rain cycle and will periodically produce a gentle rainfall for pool users to enjoy.
Solar panels will be connected to a custom designed mechanical system inside the cloud that will collect water from the humid air and release pure distilled water from the cloud as a gentle rainfall.
The artists will be monitoring the prototype between now and July to ensure it is meeting their design assumptions and intentions. At the same time, they will be shifting their attention to the detailed design of the sculptural cloud form.
In keeping with the public art funding rate for civic public art projects (1% of approved Capital Project construction cost), Errant Rain Cloud is funded from part of 1% of the total construction budget for the Minoru Complex and Fire Hall No. 1.
The City of Richmond is a leader in creating opportunities for public art and serves as a model to private developers and other municipalities. The City is committed to contributing to the cultural health and well-being of the community, now and in the future. All capital projects are evaluated for inclusion of public art, including civic infrastructure, new buildings, building upgrades and parks.