Lunar Watch

28F|12 partially silvered crystal spheres paint (black), stainless steel 137cm x137cm 2016

Described by the artist as “devices for the experience of reality,” Olafur Eliasson's works prompt a greater sense of awareness about the way we engage with and interpret the world. This internationally acclaimed artist specializes in applying the natural environmental elements such as sunlight, flowing streams, rainbow and mist with scientific approach as well as child-like wonder to create dreamy but vivid scenes. Viewers are invited to walk through the scenes to evoke their five senses.

In this work, a ring of twelve glass spheres is mounted on a wall. The amount of coating applied to each sphere increases incrementally from completely uncoated to completely coated to demonstrate the lunar circle (from full moon to new moon), such that the ring of spheres progresses from a clear sphere situated at the top of the ring to a black sphere at the bottom, and back again.

The amount of coating affects each sphere’s appearance: those with a small circle on the back shift between being transparent or reflective depending on the angle of view, while the more coated spheres present an enclosed space that invites the viewer to look inside.


Lives in Copenhagen and Berlin
1989 – 1995 Studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen
1967 Born in Copenhagen

Eliasson has realised numerous major exhibitions and projects around the world including
Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2017), The Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France (2016), Long Museum, Shanghai, China (2016), Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany (2015), The Museum of Fine Arts, Huston, TX, USA (2015), Tate Britain, London, UK (2014) and Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France (2014), etc.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2017 Fischli/Weiß, Art Project Ibiza & Lune Rouge, Ibiza, Spain
2017 Pentagonal landscapes, EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland
2017 Green light – An artistic workshop, The Moody Center of the Arts, Houston, Texas, USA
2016 Green light – An artistic workshop, TBA21–Augarten, Vienna, Austria
2016 Nothingness is not nothing at all, Long Museum, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China
2016 Versailles, Palace of Versailles, France
2015 Tree of Codes, Manchester International Festival, Manchester, UK
2015 Verklighetsmaskiner, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
2015 BAROQUE BAROQUE, The Winter Palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy, Vienna, Austria
2014 Contact, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France







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