Bristol seeks shelter under a Black Cloud

An apocalyptic pavilion by artists Heather and Ivan Morison and architect Sash Reading will be erected in Bristol’s Victoria Park tomorrow.

The Black Cloud was designed ‘in readiness for a future boiling Bristol’, according to the work’s commissioner Situations at the University of the West of England.

Inspired by structures designed to withstand extreme environmental conditions and emergencies, the Black Cloud is intended as a shelter and a meeting point.

A circular structure called a shabono, built by the Amazon rainforest’s Yanomamo Indians, inspired the oval form of the pavilion.

The structure is made up of successive rings of timber triangular frames bolted together to create a curving roof with an open centre.

The structure will be erected at a barn-raising-style event and festival taking place all day on Saturday. It will stand in the park for six months until 6 December.

The Shape of Things to Come: Barn-raising the Black Cloud runs from 8am to 8pm tomorrow.

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