Thursday, August 28, 2014

BEAUTY: Installation--Olafur Eliasson

Currently on display at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark is Olafur Eliasson's stunning Riverbed, a site specific installation of an actual riverbed. Eliasson is known for making large, often interactive pieces that utilize natural elements like water, mist, ice, or light. This piece, with real running water, takes up the entire south gallery of the museum. Visitors are invited to walk through the partially buried doorways and explore the gallery.

Of the piece, Eliasson says, "What I’m interested in with my work at the Louisiana isn’t really that you experience an object or an artwork. I am interested in how you connect this landscape to the rest of the world and ultimately, how you experience yourself within it. When we’re in our familiar surroundings, in our circle of family and friends, our senses are very finely tuned, but the further away we get from the local context, the cruder the sensing becomes. I wonder if our focus on the atmospheric can give us a relationship with something that is very abstract and far away."

Below, the artist traverses his creation.

Artist photos by Charlotte De la Fuente

The exhibit is open through January 4, 2015. Click on their link below for more information.

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