As you can guess when reading this blog, Olafur Eliasson is an artist that particularly interest us, as he deals with issues of public space, senses and perception. In his works, he uses water, light, and air temperature as basic materials that awake viewers’ perceptions. Nature, the human body and society are combined together and the individual and the collective becomes a single concept through the experience of the space.
Here we have compiled a selection of his works and words. Hope you enjoy it!
The Weather Project, 2003
Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, UK
“In order to make what is between the walls more visible than the walls themselves, I added some haze that shows the depth in space. It is something that I stole straight from nature. You can suddenly see distance in the air. Taking the definition of the space from the walls, this experiment allows the individual to read the space simply by being there, by going through it.”
"With these three elements, the sun the mirror and the haze, I could generate a space where people could experiment the space, allowing for different types of behavior and developing a new set of rules. People started interacting among them and getting involving in collective."
"I successfully created a space where it was both possible to be individual and yet you felt you were doing it with somebody else, it was about a group. It sustains the idea that you could sustain spaces in society where you can be different and yet we can agree in doing things."
New York City Waterfalls, 2008
“Water is everywhere—and it is everywhere necessary. More than 50% of our body mass is made up of water. We drink it and use it repeatedly throughout the day.
When water flows down the East River, we tend to see it as a simple surface, framed by a neutral urban waterfront. By elevating it into waterfalls, I wish to amplify its physical and tangible presence exposing the dynamics of natural forces such as gravity, wind, and daylight. My idea is to encourage people to identify more with the waterfront of New York City; this is a call for the revitalization of areas that until recently have been under-utilized as creative and recreational spaces because people have focused primarily on the interior grid of the City. There is a huge unrealized potential waiting to be explored and this is located right at our feet.”
Your Rainbow Panorama, 2006-2011
Opened on 28th May 2011
at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark
"A city is a cosmos, a site for social encounters and cohabitation.
A museum is a vision machine that challenges our senses, thoughts, and felt opinions.
The public, you, is a barometer of the world. You mould as much as you receive."