Cambodia's Cloud Art Will Literally Blow You Away
What makes a good party? Good people, fried food, fruity drinks, and—I don’t know—music? But just in case that’s not enough, you can now add fun-shaped clouds to that list.
Well, sort of. Hitting the streets of Cambodia is quite the wonder that, already in its short existence, has claimed the title of internet sensation. For $500, Khmer Cloud Making Service will lend you a “cloud machine” for an afternoon—which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. The man-made machine pumps out cloud-looking foam in various shapes and sizes, and it is utterly astounding. Not to mention quite the upgrade from water balloons and fireworks.
Based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Khmer is not just another Kickstarter-funded idea. In fact, it’s a fully functioning, kind of booming business that counts a bunch of companies as its clients. And yes you heard that right: companies—as in, groups of adults; according to someone on staff at Khmer, company launches and openings are where the bulk of their business lies.
In Cambodia, celebrations are often considered just as important as the country’s cultural history, and so it comes as little surprise that there would be elaborate inventions made for the express purpose of jazzing up these festivities. Think of these man-made clouds as the baby sister of flying lanterns—a popular cultural tradition in Cambodia used most often in celebration ceremonies.
The machine mixes compressed air with a foamy, soapy liquid, and then uses a fan to pump out the shapes. Once the shape is sufficient in size, whoever is supervising the machine cuts the shape, and off it floats into the ether. And despite only being open for a month, the cloud business has already taken over social media with over 40,000 likes on its Facebook page and a growing influx of international orders. But then, when you see a bunch of heart-shaped cloud-looking things drifting off into actual clouds, it’s easy to see why.
We can only hope they’ll be making their way to the States soon.
Images via Khmer Cloud Making Service.
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