Heavy Cloud

Anselm Kiefer German

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Kiefer has often used lead to represent something usually thought to be weightless. Here, the title is a pun on "heavy water," a synonym for radiation in nuclear reactors. Kiefer has pointed out that even though lead is used "to seal radiation," his Heavy Cloud has "a radiation leak," symbolized by the yellow shellac streaks seeping from the bottom of the cloud in the direction of the bleak landscape.

Heavy Cloud, Anselm Kiefer (German, born Donaueschingen, 1945), Lead and shellac on photograph, mounted on board

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