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© Olafur Eliasson. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.
Artist:Olafur Eliasson , Danish, born 1967 Title:The uncertain museum Date:2004 Medium:Steel, painted wooden floor, wire, motors, glass/mirror disks, HMI lamp, projection foil Culture: Danish Dimensions:116 x 175 in. (294.6 x 444.5 cm) Credit Line:Museum purchase with additional funds provided by Blake Byrne, T'57; Monica M. and Richard D. Segal; Mr. and Mrs. J. Tomilson Hill; and Bill and Ruth True Accession number:2006.4.1 Label Copy: In The uncertain museum visitors are able to step inside the work and become a part of the interactive process. Upon entering the space you can not only see yourself reflected on the mirrored surface of the glass discs, but you also become a part of the patterns of projected light and shadow that can be seen from both the interior and exterior of the room. While observing the patterns on the walls, the viewer is asked to reflect on his or her own position in relationship to the surrounding space. Eliasson has described this moment of perception, when we pause to consider what we are experiencing, as ‘seeing yourself sensing’. This interactive installation, like many of Eliasson’s signature works, explores the relationship between the spectator and object. The basic elements of weather and atmosphere—such as light and reflection—are materials that Eliasson has used throughout his notable career.

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© Olafur Eliasson. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.