THE WEATHER PROJECT, OLAFUR ELIASSON, 2003

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Olafur Eliasson is an artist who is directing the Studio Olafur Eliasson, a centre of architectural research that is useful for the artist to create oustanding works of art.

An example of what I just said is this wonderful work called The Weather Project, exhibited at the Tate Modern in London in 2003. This work was a site-specific installation (meaning that it was created especially for that specific place) and it was shown in the Turbin Hall of the museum.

This artwork was made of hundreds of orange-yellow led lights placed in a circular support. The ceiling is covered with mirrors, creating another identical environment. Moreover, some vapor machines create a sort of fogg that gives more reality to the whole scene. The installation gives the illusion of standing in front of a sun, so much that the visitors start laying underneath it just like if they were on the beach. People were missing the sun so much during that winter, that even a fake one was enough to relax!

The mirrored ceiling gives another layer to the whole work: the visitors were looking up all the time, playing with their reflection. It creates another dimension to the space, almost creating a parallel, opposite, complementary universe.

Here you have a video of the installation!

Credits for the featured photo: Studio Olafur Eliasson

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