The Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson does not hold back in any way. His art is grandiose, preferably it should stand on top of a mountain so that people many miles away can get excited.
Born in 1967 in Copenhagen, Denmark one of the world’s flattest and lowest countries stands in stark contrast to Olafur Eliasson’s second citizenship. He is also Icelandic. Iceland a volcanic island with powerful and wild nature.
This dualism between pleasant Denmark and wild Iceland is reflected in his art. – It is rigorous, accurate and geometry often in the face of wild nature or as you can see at the Opera in Oslo, relief walls by the toilets.
His work is represented in many private and public collections, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. He has also designed the characteristic facade of the Harpa Concert and Opera House in Reykjavík, which opened in 2011.
Our glacial perspectives
A few days ago Olafur Eliasson presents his new permanent work open to the public, articulated on a path that crosses the Grawand mountain in South Tyrol for 410 meters along the ridge carved in the glacier debris.
The sloping path is punctuated by nine metal arches, leading to the fundamental point of the installation: a device, consisting of several rings of steel and glass, which extends beyond the edge of Mount Grawand.
Standing on the platform, the viewer can use the pavilion as an astronomical instrument, looking out over the surrounding rings, which follow the apparent path of the sun in the sky on a given day. The rings, in fact, divide the year into equal time intervals: the upper ring follows the path of the sun on the summer solstice; the central ring follows the equinox; and the last one the winter solstice. Each ring is in turn divided into rectangular glass panes that cover a 15-minute arc of the sun’s movement through the sky, allowing the viewer to determine the time of day based on the position of the sun.