Olafur Eliasson

Artist Olafur Eliasson (IS/DK), born 1967, works with sculpture, painting, photography, film, installation, and digital media. His works continuously explore the relevance of art in the world at large.

Eliasson is internationally renowned for installations that challenge the way we perceive and co-create our environments. Since the mid-1990s, he has realised numerous major exhibitions around the world. The weather project (2003), an enormous artificial sun shrouded by mist, in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, London, was seen by more than two million people. For his project Ice Watch, Eliasson and geologist Minik Rosing brought free-floating icebergs from a fjord outside Nuuk, Greenland, to public squares in European cities (Copenhagen, 2014; Paris, 2015; and London, 2018) to raise awareness of the climate crisis.

Located in Berlin, Studio Olafur Eliasson comprises a large team of craftsmen, architects, archivists, researchers, administrators, cooks, art historians, and specialised technicians. Since 2012, Little Sun, the social business founded by Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen, has worked to spread awareness about the need to expand access to clean, sustainable energy to all. In 2014, Eliasson and his long-time collaborator, architect Sebastian Behmann formed the office for art and architecture Studio Other Spaces to focus on interdisciplinary and experimental building projects and works in public space.