Olafur Eliasson, ‘The shape of disappearing time’, 2016, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art

The steel framework of this sculpture is an oloid, a geometrical shape created in 1929 by mathematician Paul Schatz, the inventor of the invertible cube. The oloid is derived from two interlocking circles in which the centre of one intersects the perimeter of the other. The resulting form is the subject of geometric research by Studio Olafur Eliasson and has been used in several artworks by Olafur Eliasson.
A lamp shines out from the center of the sculpture, reflecting light off the work’s numerous brass panels and casting a beguiling pattern of light and shadow onto the surroundings. Your movement around the artwork continually reveals new perspectives of the complex form, causing it to appear as a flurry of movement and light.

About Olafur Eliasson

“It is not just about decorating the world… but about taking responsibility,” Olafur Eliasson said of his practice in a 2009 TED Talk. Eliasson uses natural elements (like light, water, fog) and makeshift technical devices to transform museum galleries and public areas into immersive environments. Prompting reflection on the spaces surrounding us, for Green River (1998-2001) he poured bright green (environmentally safe) dye into rivers running through downtown L.A., Stockholm, Tokyo, and other cities to “show the turbulence in these downtown areas” and to remind passersby of the cities’ vitality. Similarly, by installing four large waterfalls in New York’s East River (2008), he intended to give the city a sense of dimension; Eliasson also famously installed a giant artificial sun inside the Tate Modern (The weather project, 2003). Known for their elegant simplicity and lack of materiality, his installations are rooted in a belief that art can create a space sensitive to both individual and collective.

Danish-Icelandic, b. 1967, Copenhagen, Denmark, based in Berlin, Germany