Olafur Eliasson

Born in 1967 in Copenhagen, Denmark, Olafur Eliasson is an Icelandic-Danish painter, sculptor, designer, and photographer. He started his career as a photographer before moving to sculpture and design.

Eliasson uses simple natural elements like movement, water, color, and light to play with the sensory perception of the viewer. His works are designed to force the viewer to ask themselves about their role in environmentalism and globalization.

Eliasson has exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Tate Modern, Versailles, amongst numerous other institutions. He won the 2013 European Union Prize and the 2014 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT.

Why did Olafur Eliasson turn these rivers green?

Next March, just like any other month of March, the Chicago Plumbers will dye the city’s river green. They have been doing this since 1962, in loving memory of St. Patrick, celebrating an icon in the history of Ireland and Chicago. Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson mounted another similar project, but with a whole different thing …

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Olafur Eliasson – Your rainbow panorama, 2006-2011, glass in all the colors of the spectrum, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark

You make Olafur Eliasson’s rainbow come alive

Olafur Eliasson is one of Scandinavia’s most-renown artists and holds significant influence in the global creative industry. Unlike many other his other works, Your Rainbow Panorama is a permanent installation and became a defining piece of his career. Visitors can access the building’s rooftop and get this large glass walkway formed in the color spectrum. …

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Olafur Eliasson’s fascinating colorful haze installation in Beijing

Feelings Are Facts was created as a result of a collaboration between Danish artist Olafur Eliasson and Beijing-based architect Ma Yansong of MAD studio. Feelings Are Facts was constructed within one of the rooms at the UCCA galleries. It measured approximately 60m by 20m and featured a moderately slanted floor that progressively became steeper at …

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Olafur Eliasson & a pond in a museum – The Meditated Motion

Throughout his career, Olafur Eliasson has participated in a number of critically acclaimed exhibitions worldwide. His works have been displayed in numerous private and public collections all over the world, including the Guggenheim Museum as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, just to name a few. Eliasson always includes his audience as …

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Olafur Eliasson’s freestanding waterfall in Versailles

In his 2016 work on the Versailles waterfall, Olafur Eliasson made displacements and destabilization which have changed the perceptions people had about the famous landmark. Before he began his work, he approached the Chateau and gardens of Versailles to experiment whether the project was implementable. His work didn’t involve installing objects but rather coming up …

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Olafur Eliasson’s Weather Project – Why did he try to recreate the sun?

Olafur Eliasson has created a gigantic installation which in 2003 took overall space in Tate Modern, London. The artwork, a sun rising out of a mist, was bound to keep any visitor in awe. In this project named The Weather Project, the Scandinavian artist recreated the sun and the sky to occupy the Turbine Hall. …

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