Chateau of Versailles is the new site for experimentation by internationally acclaimed visual artist, Olafur Eliasson. Eliasson’s work is a constant investigation of perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. The same holds true for his latest project at Versailles where the pieces are not merely intended to be installed objects but also apparatuses that engage the visitor in an active relationship.
Born in Denmark, Olafur Eliasson has created a body of sculptural and photographic work in which questions of perception, movement, and the depiction of reality through optical devices intersect with a sensitive, ecological approach to nature and the great debates currently facing our industrial society over the course of past 25 years. Eliasson excels in the creation of visual phenomena that establish a new perspective on space. After having reinvented the setting sun in the immense Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern (The weather project, 2003), installed gigantic waterfalls in New York City (The New York City Waterfalls, 2008) and added a new star to the Stockholm sky (Your Star, 2015), he brings his vision to France by reinterpreting Versailles.
“I am thrilled to be working with an iconic site like Versailles. As the palace and its gardens are so rich in history and meaning, in politics, dreams, and visions, it is an exciting challenge to create an artistic intervention that shifts visitors’ feeling of the place and offers a contemporary perspective on its strong tradition. I consider art to be a co-producer of reality, of our sense of now, society, and global togetherness. It is truly inspiring to have the opportunity to co-produce through art today’s perception of Versailles”, explains Olifur Eliasson.