Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson may be best known for his expansive installations that encompass entire rooms, but his smaller-scale works are just as compelling. The artist, who is based in Copenhagen and Berlin, often uses mirrors, tinted glass, stainless steel frames, and lightbulbs to create spectacular kaleidoscopic works that transform spaces into illuminated, multicolored realms of beauty. Lit from within, Eliasson’s geometric lamps project dazzling hues and patterns on the surrounding walls, ceiling and floor, immersing the viewer in a light-filled world as celestial and fantastical as the vast universe.
“I often work with geometric shapes and with non-Euclidean geometry,” says the artist in an interview with TIP. “[I]t is very much about movement and time, because each polyhedron has an LED light at its centre, and when you walk around beneath the artwork, light sparkles through the cracks in the frames above, so that the viewer is instrumental in making a composition of light in transformation. It is like a sound composition, only there is no sound.”