Olafur Eliasson: Riverbed. 2014. Museum of Modern Art, Louisiana.
Olafur Eliasson. 360° room for all colours. 2002. Stainless steel, projection foil, fluorescent lights, wood, and control unit, 126 x 321 x 321” (320 x 815.3 x 815.3 cm). Private collection. Installation view at Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris. Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.
Olafur Eliasson: One-way colour tunnel, 2007. Site-specific sculpture
Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; and neugerriemschneider, Berlin
Olafur Eliasson: “Take Your Time,” (2008) at P.S. 1 consists of a huge, slanting, disc-shaped mirror suspended horizontally from a gallery ceiling. Photo by Michael Nagle for The New York Times
Olafur Eliasson – ‘The Land Between Us’, 2011, Whitworth Art Gallery
Olafur Eliasson nimbly merges art, science, and natural phenomena to create extraordinary multisensory experiences. Challenging the passive nature of traditional art-viewing, he engages the observer as an active participant, using tangible elements such as temperature, moisture, aroma, and light to generate physical sensations.
His constructions, at once eccentric and highly geometric, use multicolored washes, focused projections of light, mirrors, and elements such as water, stone, and moss to shift the viewer’s perception of place and self. By transforming the gallery into a hybrid space of nature and culture, Eliasson prompts an intensive engagement with the world and offers a fresh consideration of everyday life.
The central work, Riverbed (2014), is based on the unique connection between nature, architecture and art that characterizes the museum. Transforming the entire South Wing into a rocky landscape, Eliasson focuses on inhabiting space in a new way and inserts new patterns of movement into the museum.