Olafur Eliasson › The Weather Project, Tate Modern, London, 2004

Two lights illuminate our world. One is generated by the sun’s rays, and another one answers — the light of our eyes.
It is this close-knit relationship that enables us to see.
If one element were missing, we would be blind. 

Arthur Zajonc

Moholy Nagy’s holistic approach, “to feel what we know and to know what we feel,” is subsumed in Eliasson’s work. He tries “to make us aware of our motions and to include us in the exhibition in a way that allows us to perceive what we know and to know what we perceive.” 


The installation can in many ways be considered exemplary of his works with light, and can even be extended to include his previous oeuvre. Olafur Eliasson draws on the natural elements of light, earth, fire, air, and water in order to focus on the central themes of nature, natural processes and the (transformed) understanding of natural and the natural environment. However, the questions about climate or the morphology of landscapes that appear in his work are in no way self-referential, but are always aimed at the participation of the persons who share the same sphere with these phenomena: “I am particularly interested in the relationship between the individual, the visitor and the environment in with he finds himself.


In Eliasson’s work, light has a “nature” of its own, it is part of the artist’s “experiment set-up”. He insists on declaring that he is working on “models of perception and not on perception itself. These models have represented the historical spaces over the past hundred years. It is this that I am concerned with and that I also question”.

Annelie Lutgens + Holger Broeker › Olafur Eliasson - Your Lighthouse, 2004