Olafur Eliasson (born 1967 in Copenhagen, DK) is an installation artist and sculptor who lives and works in Berlin and Copenhagen. Along with other artists of his generation he is interested in exploring and expanding the boundaries between art, science, nature, and perception. Best known for his hugely successful installation, The Weather Project, 2003 in the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall, Eliasson works tend to focus on natural phenomena… Read more
About the artwork
Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson's atmospheric investigative works are the result of combining natural elements, such as light, and semi-scientific technology like glass or mirrors in the effort to focus a viewer's bodily experience on their surrounding space. In Sunset Door, 2006 a semi-circular piece of color-effect filter glass is fixed perpendicularly to the plane of a white wooden door. Light projected onto the glass from a metal bucket installed below is split into two rays: the shorter light waves reflect back to form the blue bottom half of a circle, while the longer waves pass through the glass forming the circle's yellow upper half creating the illusion of a sun setting into water.