Olafur Eliasson merges Technology and Nature in his Waterfalls
Born in Copenaghen in 1967, Olafur Eliasson, is one of the most famous artists in the contemporary art scene.
In his works the encounter with nature is crucial. The artist uses natural elements, such as light, wind, fog or water, to involve the visitor who is attracted into the world of his creations, and this makes his installations a very sensory experiences.
Water has a key role in his artistic research. It is in some installations, which are called Waterfalls, where the monumentality of nature and of the cascades is combined with that of the urban environment in which it is inserted.
In 1998 he creates Waterfall, a work that was exhibited in 2000 at Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum in Graz, Austria, where the simplicity of the structure was added to the classicism of the walls of the inner court of the building. In the same year he realized Reversed Waterfall where the gravitational flow of the water was inverted.
The union of artificiality, technology and the beauty of nature makes Eliasson’s waterfalls a miracle of science and, at the same time, a moment of peace and meditation on the nature and water. Key features of the artist‘s work are the imitation of natural phenomena and the revelation of the technique used to recreate them.
In 2004 the artist created a new Waterfall, which is now located at Hall Art Foundation in Reading, Vermont and is currently exhibited (until November 30th 2014) in a personal exhibition.
However the most important waterfalls were the Waterfalls of New York. These were massive public works 27 to 36 meters high, built in 2008, and designed in such a way as to be ecologically-friendly, protecting water quality and aquatic life. Once again, the structures, handmade by the artist, were constructed with building elements, which were ubiquitous throughout New York. These were artificial waterfalls integrated in the urban jungle of New York.