Born in Denmark, works in Germany
Olafur Eliasson, b. 1967 in Copenhagen, lives in Copenhagen and Berlin.
The human body’s experiences and the mind’s perceptions are central to the works of the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. The sensory being’s presence and movement through architecture, urban environments, and nature are explored in his works in such a way as to unfold the viewer’s own experiences rather than giving a pre-defined notion.
Eliasson’s smaller scale works give us the opportunity to focus specifically on certain phenomena: surfaces, color codes, light, frost, reflections, etc. Works like Color Spectrum Series (2005) can be seen as a kind of primary research by Eliasson – a condensed laboratory from 1995 to the present that explores the nature and behaviour of colours. Eliasson’s prints are the fundamental elementary investigations into the human senses that then shape his vast installations such as The Weather Project, New York City Waterfalls and Green River.