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The exploration of the centre of the sun

Olafur Eliasson

Copenhagen, b.1967


Stainless steel, paint (black), colour-effect filter glass (blue, green), LED bulbs, photovoltaic unit, motor

ø 192 cm

© 2017 Olafur Eliasson
Courtesy of the artist and PKM Gallery, Seoul


Olafur Eliasson’s art is driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. Eliasson strives to make the concerns of art relevant to society at large. Art, for him, is a crucial means for turning thinking into doing in the world.

Eliasson’s diverse works – in sculpture, painting, photography, film, and installations – have been exhibited widely throughout the world. Not limited to the confines of the museum and gallery, his practice engages the broader public sphere through architectural projects and interventions in civic space.

The exploration of the centre of the sun, in which light is reflected and filtered into a spectrum of colours by panes of colour-effect-filter glass that form an intriguingly asymmetrical polyhedron. These panes of special glass multiply the light countless times, producing a galaxy-like array of shifting stars in a variety of colours that invites the viewer to move around the work and examine it from multiple angles.