Núvol i cadira, 1990
Cloud and Chair
12,7 x 24 x 6,8 m
In order to raise the height of the building, which had become closed off between the party walls of the adjoining houses, and to emphasise its new identity, an intervention by Antoni Tàpies was required and so the roof was crowned by a sculpture, Núvol i cadira (Cloud and Chair, 1990), created with the technical cooperation of Pere Casanovas. This sculpture, supported on eight long projecting girders that follow the structural order of the façade, is made from silver anodised aluminium tubes and stainless steel mesh. It is 12.7 metres high, 24 metres long and 6.8 metres deep and represents a great cloud from which rises a chair - a motif frequently found in Tàpies’ work. In this context, the chair alludes to a meditative attitude, thought and the aesthetic contemplation. The sculpture, which does not impose on the façade but somehow hovers over it so as not to take away its personality, has gradually become an emblem of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies.
Extracts from Núria Homs, “The Building”, Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona: Fundació Antoni Tàpies, 2004)