Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle’s Cloud Prototype No. 6 is a sculpture made from aluminum alloy foil, fiberglass, and steel. He based the sculpture on altocumulus lenticular clouds, which form when ambient airflow is disrupted by mountains. Suspended near Gate B33 in the Zurich Airport, the sculpture is representative of weather patterns common in mountain ranges such as the Alps. When I took the photo, I thought it was some kind of UFO spaceship.
Altocumulus lenticular clouds are often called “standing lenticular clouds.” That’s the name they were given in private pilot ground school years ago. Even though they appear to be stable and stationary, these clouds are actually indicative of great instability in the atmosphere and are a sign of the presence of severe turbulence. Because of their shape, people sometimes think standing lenticular clouds are UFOs.
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1961, and was raised in Bogotá, Colombia, and Chicago, Illinois.