That feeling of vulnerability when you put a lot of work into an art, and need people to see it and receive it immediately.
By Olafur Eliasson, this breathtaking installation at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art of a river running through the museum is astounding. It is such a realistic, natural landscape the museum could have been dropped on top of the river itself for how pristine it looks. This site-specific installation is a focus on experience, and how the viewer senses their surroundings.
The Silence Has Fallen.
(This is actually day three of Joey not realizing his friends are all pinecones. He is not a smart hedgehog.)
This is still one of the most perfect adaptations ever made
Glass Installations by Chris Wood
Art and science have intersected from the beginning, particularly when philosophers, physicists, and astrophysicists alike began to look at light and color, and our ability to perceive it. Once we learnt of the colors that light was made from, and how the world refracted and reflected this light, the way was paved for technological intentions such as the camera, the laser, and the projector. Similarly, the ability to see beyond our own human perceptions into outer-space light through telescopic inventions eventually moved science forward in leaps and bounds.
UK artist Chris Wood’s work in Geometric Dichrioc Glass installations cause the viewer to think about all these things, simply by presenting us with pretty lights. She works by installing glass onto walls that refract light and cause kaleidoscopic reflections and mandala-inspired mazes to appear in the shadows. The glass seen in these works is ‘dichroic’ – a two-tone material with a special optical coating that only reflects certain wavelengths of light. Interestingly, NASA invented this material in the 1950s, further adding to Wood’s nod to physics and the space-race.
In this way, Wood is a craftswoman of light. Her job isn’t to create the colors, but to situate her artworks so that the light can perform its own bootstrap tricks. As she says on her website, "The optical materials I use in my work range from a simple water filled wine glass to the highly technical dichroic glass, basically anything that allows me to express the magic of light."