Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

Reno, Nevada

The Cloud Climber’s lofty cloud-shaped platforms and swirling white helices contrast with darting blue rays of precipitating steel to sculpturally create a rainstorm into which visitors can safely climb. It towers over an exhibit describing the cycles of water in Reno’s high-desert ecosystem, a cycle which bears on the survival of a community where water is sometimes scarce and rainclouds are often a blessing. t.