Olafur Eliasson (born 1967) is a Danish-Icelandic artist known for sculptures and large-scale installation art employing elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature to enhance the viewer’s experience. Eliasson studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Arts and traveled to New York, Cologne, and Berlin, experiencing some of the world’s greatest metropolises.

His work since that time has focused on viewers’ experience of the interplay between light, architectural space, and vision. Eliasson often collaborates with various other technicians, craftsmen, and designers for his projects, allowing him to execute grand feats with detailed precision. 


Olafur represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and later that year installed The Weather Project in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, London. Olafur has engaged in a number of projects in public space, including the intervention Green river, carried out in various cities between 1998 and 2001; the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007, London, a temporary pavilion designed with the Norwegian architect Kjetil Trædal Thorsen; and The New York City Waterfalls, commissioned by Public Art Fund in 2008. 


Related Works

  • Olafur Eliasson's work is often tied to the ephemeral works of the Light and Space artists. James Turrell is the most prominent member of this loosely affiliated movement, and like Eliasson, he is a master of shifting perceptions. View his work.
  • In the collection of our sister gallery, form & concept, Matthew Mullins alters perspectives on the passage of time through a series of deep blue pinhole photographs. View his work.