Studio Olaur Eliasson was commissioned to create the façades of the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Revkajavík. Their three-dimensional, quasi-brick design is intended to engage viewers through shifts in appearance and color, solely based on the movement of the hall’s visitors. The material used for the façade – crystallized basalt – is native to Iceland, and was the perfect media with which create this appealing symmetrical layer cake.
In a continuation of the artist’s previous work with water, the New York City Waterfalls was a temporary public installation in 2008 on the East River. The four waterfalls were between 30-40 meters in height, and made from a combination of scaffolding, pumps, and hoses to lift the water from its original source. This work highlights Eliasson’s passion in transforming everyday natural elements into exalted exhibits that change the viewer’s perspective of their original inhabited space.
As one of Eliasson’s most famous works, ‘The Weather Project’ at the Tate Modern explored ideas of experience and mediation during its time in the Tubine Hall, from 2003-2004. Through the manipulation of monofrequency lights, Eliasson successfully recreated a blazon sun, whose singular effect on its location challenged visitors’ perspectives. A haze machine intensified the effect of the mock sun, creating a desert-like atmosphere right on the banks of the Thames.
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