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Olafur Eliasson's 'Utopia' for the new year

Article: Olafur Eliasson's 'Utopia' for the new year

For the third and final installment of their ‘Utopia’ series, Denmark’s Arken Museum of Modern Art installed Olafur Eliasson’s “Din Blinde Passager (Your Blind Passager),” a 300-foot-long tunnel filled with a fog so thick that visibility is limited to five feet and visitors are forced to rely on senses besides sight to guide them through to the end of the tunnel.

When you first enter the installation you’re bathed in the magical sensation of what feels like a pool of bright light shrouded in mist, but the mist quickly thickens, the light changes colors and the initial feeling of a kind of new birth gives way to disorientation and confusion. So how, exactly, does this fit in with the Arken Museum’s idea of utopia?