Olafur Eliasson

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?

Olafur Eliasson plays architect

Article: Olafur Eliasson plays architect

Photos by Osbjørn Jacobsen
The Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center in Reykjavik has remained merely a proposal for decades, but now, after Iceland’s recent economic collapse, plans for construction are finally underway and 300,000-square-foot performing arts venue is slated for completion next May. Henning Larsen Architects, who just won a major award for their Zaha Hadid-inspired aquarium in Georgia, took a decidedly more straight-edged approach with their design for Reykjavik’s East Harbor district.