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Taking Time for Olafur Eliasson

An illuminating exhibition is unveiled at the MCA

Taking Time for Olafur Eliasson


December 9th, 2009

For the first time on Australian soil, the works of Olafur Eliasson are unveiled at the Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

The first solo exhibition of the Icelandic-Danish artist will take over the top floor of Sydney’s cutting edge art space until 11 April 2010.

’Take your Time’ brings together two decades of work from major public and private collections, including never before seen works, encompassing photography, installations and sculptures.

His multi-sensory works, which call on the audience to be active participants, feature lights, mirrors and built structures as well as integrating natural elements like water and moss.

Among the highlights of the 30 works are ‘Beauty’ – in which a hose is lightly perforated allowing a slight spray of water to escape with light shone through it to cause a rainbow effect – and a walk-through kaleidoscope called the ‘One way tunnel’, constructed from multi-coloured acrylic.

Audience participation in Eliasson’s works reach a climax in the ’The cubic structural project’, a piece in which the viewer is invited to build their own structures from 300kgs of white Lego pieces set on a large table.

Playing with light, smell, colour and water, take time to visit Eliasson’s work, as it proves to be a unique sensory experience.

Take your time: Olafur Eliasson at the MCA

Sunset Kaleidoscope
One-way colour tunnel
Sunset Kaleidoscope 2
360 rooms for all colours
360 room for all colours 2
360 room for all colours 3
Beauty 1993
Room for one colour


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