Discuss the symbolism of the Cloud Factory, as it relates to Art’s experience, as well as Cleveland’s. Also — consider your own landscapes. What place from your childhood/adolescence is your own Cloud Factory? Describe it and explain its significance to you and your own place.

The Cloud Factory, to Art, is a safe place that makes him feel at ease; the steam that comes from the factory is what causes him to name the building as such. My own personal Cloud Factory growing up was a spot in the woods by my childhood home in Cincinnati, an area cleared of trees and bushes where I had dragged a lockbox and would store small possessions like paperback books, drawings, and a journal. It was my personal safe space away from anyone else where I could hide.

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