Inside the horizon

  • 2013
  • Olafur Eliasson
  • Stainless steel, aluminium, LED light system, coloured glass, mirror / Sonorisation : Samuli Kosminen
  • 5,4 x 91 x 5,2 m

“If we could walk inside our own horizon, the world would appear as closed off as a cave, as reflective as a mirror and as ephemeral as light. For me, the horizon is not a line, it’s a dimension. Questioning one’s own horizon requires us to question linearity and create a new horizon,” Eliasson explains. Venturing inside it is like walking through a kaleidoscope of golden reflections. Running alongside the walkway around the basin stands a series of triangular columns in varying widths. Visitors are invited to wander around them, setting off endless diffracted reflections between the water, the building, the columns and themselves. The space constantly fragments and dissolves into hundreds of facets, plunging visitors into a world of uncertainty and sensory surprises.

© Olafur Eliasson © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Luc Castel

Olafur Eliasson

Born in 1967, the Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson is internationally recognised for his multi-sensory interventions that combine scientific phenomena and environmental issues.

Combining light in different colours with geometric shapes and reflective surfaces, his giant installations engage the viewer in fascinating new experiences and perceptions. They merge natural phenomena with pure artifice, from the electric sun at Tate Modern in London (2003) to the glass rainbow at the Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum in Denmark (2006-2011). His works lead us to question our perceptions and tap into our sensory memory.

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