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OLAFUR ELIASSONS INSTALLATION ART

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Since his first success Olafur has become one of the most productive contemporary artists in Europe, however, the quantity of his works does not affect their quality. A number of international exhibitions and projects were performed by Eliasson’s group for the last fifteen years, and the artist was an official delegate from Denmark to the 50th Venice Biennale installing his works in the blind pavilion. 3 The most famous Eliasson`s projects include “The Weather Project” which was demonstrated in more than twenty countries of the world and the exhibition which was called “Take Your Time” created in collaboration with SFMOMA, the project that was travelling around the word galleries for the three years and was exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in New York as well.

“Inner City Out” along with “Your Body of Work” became celebrated in Asia and Latin America. With immense number of modern artists who are getting used to shock public Olafur Eliasson manages to preserve his image of an intellectual and sophisticated author and create another type of modern art. His works are made for enlightened and sensitive audience ready for broadening their perception.

In this paper I will try to grasp the essence of his most renowned projects and installations and reveal the reasons behind his exceptional popularity. I am going to analyze those works which appealed to me and provoked positive emotional response in my soul first of all. The famous Eliasson`s work which was called “The Weather Project” is one of the most amazing and unexpected installations I have ever seen which made a huge impression on experienced London public as well.

It is estimated that the Turbine Hall of the Tate Gallery where the installation was created was visited by more than two million people in six months, and many visitors came back again and again. 4 Bright orange sun of gigantic size made with the help of numerous mono-frequency bulbs was placed in the middle of the ceiling. Semi-circular screen was erected on the most distant wall and its reflection along with bulbs created the illusion of a huge fake sunset.

The ceiling itself was also covered with mirrors which doubled the space of the hall and allowed visitors seeing themselves. Another important element of installation was a mist machine that produced a subtle mist that altered the perception of perspective making it impossible to determine the exact distance between objects by refracting the light. 5 The mist, created with the help of sugar and water mixture, gathered into invisible, cloud-like formations during the day before dissolving across the hall.

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