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Object: Cloud

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Title Cloud
Production Reynolds, John (artist), 2006, Auckland
Medium summary oil paint marker on canvas
Materials oil paint, canvas
Classification oil paintings, installations, works of art
Technique handwriting
Dimensions Support: 100mm (Height) x 100mm (Length) x 35mm (Width)
Credit line Purchased 2007
Registration number 2007-0007-1/1 to 7081

Cloud is made up of 7,081 pieces. The pieces that make up Cloud can be displayed separately, in small groups, or en masse as a large-scale installation.

New Zealand English
The subject of the work is New Zealand English. All the words are from The Dictionary of New Zealand English (1997), edited by Harry Orsman. The work's title refers to both Aotearoa (the Mäori for New Zealand, literally 'the land of the long white cloud') and the shifting, cloud-like qualities of language.

John Reynolds comments that 'It's a work that reflects New Zealand's connection to the community of English speaking nations. At the same time it particularises what is local and regional about our language through a particular set of vocal tics.' (Art News, Spring 2006)

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