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  • Provenance

    neugerriemschneider, Berlin

  • Literature

    Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, ed., Olafur Eliasson: Your Lighthouse. Works with light 1991-2004, Ostifildern-Ruit, 2004, no. 105, p. 146 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    With his visual vocabulary and understanding of space, Olafur Eliasson’s Colour Kaleidoscope evokes a sense of beauty, marvel and artistic power. His rainbow-coloured work acts partly as an eye-catching art object, yet plays on the subject of human interaction, so that object and subject become intertwined. This results in an artistic fusion that accentuates this somewhat unconventional art form touching upon scientific and methodological aspects within his oeuvre.

    Colour Kaleidoscope is a diamond-shaped, cylindrical object that is comprised of coloured slates of glass. Its mesmerising and colourful effects are dependant on the interaction between the object and the subject, between artwork and spectator. It is this precise relationship of interaction that appears to interest Eliasson – a reciprocal one, where in order for the spectator to experience the sculptural entity to its fullest, he must interact with it. He plays on the idea of phenomenology to the extent that he not only invites for object and subject to intertwine, but abandons any sort of distinction between the two, allowing one to feed off the other, in order to achieve a true artistic experience.

  • Artist Biography

    Olafur Eliasson

    Danish-Icelandic • 1967

    Conceptual artist Olafur Eliasson was born in Copenhagen, Denmark to parents who had emigrated from Iceland. Characterized by a lack of traditional materiality, Eliasson’s work is typically quite simple and clean in appearance. Known for engaging with environmental issues, the artist often creates immersive works that activate the senses beyond just sight. Due to his consistent interest in light, Eliasson’s practice has been compared to both James Turrell and Dan Flavin. 

    One of his most popular installations, The Weather Project, 2003, saw Eliasson fill the entirety of Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern with light from an artificial Sun. Another project, New York City Waterfalls, 2008, became one of the most expensive public art installations ever, with a cost exceeding $15 million. The artist has been collected by institutions like the Guggenheim, the Kunstmuseum Basel and the National Gallery of Art, among others.

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Colour Kaleidoscope

2002
Coated glass, wood, and metal hardware.
19 1/2 x 14 1/8 x 31 1/2 in. (49.5 x 35.9 x 80 cm).
This work is unique.

Estimate
£50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for £60,000

Contemporary Art

22 June 2007, 4pm & 5pm
London