h 70 cm, ø 200 cm
Inv. No. 0105
Olafur Eliasson concerns himself with factors related to human perception. His work deals with various concepts of nature using technical instruments available for observation and measurement purposes. Water, light and colour, wind, heat and cold belong to the basic elements of the aesthetically seductive and intellectually impressive installations which plunge the viewer into an alternating hot-and-cold bath of rationality and feelings.
Above and beyond this, his work is rich in highly complex scientific references that indicate affinities with the visionary utopias of the engineer and designer Buckminster Fuller. Endless Doughnut is an example of Eliasson’s engagement with geodetic systems, with geometry and crystallography, pentagonal axis symmetries and the Fibonacci series. The results of these studies lead to, amongst other things, objects which are based on calculations made by Einar Thorstein, with whom Eliasson collaborates. Endless Doughnut is not only a sculpture, but a four dimensional room that has no inside and no outside, a Möbius strip made of stainless steel marking the imaginary interface between interior world and the outer world.
Brigitte Huck, 2005 (translation: Tim Sharp)Continue reading
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