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The Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson is a man of many talents, known worldwide for his art installation projects specializing in the manipulation of the basic elements. After establishing Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin in 1995, the artist quickly came to prominence for his tendency to engage visitors in his art. Read on to learn more about some of his most famous works.
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.