Danish artist Olafur Eliasson wanted to join the celebration, today, of Earth day with a very ambitious project: invites viewers from all over the world (virtual, yes) to rethink how we see planet Earth. From 10 this morning he launches nine images of Earth in orange and pink with a dot in the middle (one every hour on his Instagram account: @studioolafureliasson), according to the British newspaper “The Guardian”. People should look at the spot for 10 seconds and then focus on a blank surface, where a secondary image will appear in different colors. That is our work of art: a new vision of the world.
It was not an easy subject, Eliasson admits: “The wonderful idea of Earth Day allows one to step back, look at the planet from the outside and recognize that it is such a difficult and impossible object to understand. Somehow it escapes us. “
The project, titled “Earth Perspectives”, tries to encourage people to reflect on the coexistence of multiple world views. “Maybe it is not the planet that is in danger. In fact, it is we, the human race, that are dying out. The planet will be fine. Give it a few thousand years after humans have smashed everything and Earth will prosper and turn green and be wonderful. ”
This project is a commission from the London Serpentine Galleries, who turns fifty and whose artistic director is Hans Ulrich Obrist. Be part of their program “Back to Earth”, in which he invites artists, architects, designers and thinkers to give their answers to the climate emergency. Eliasson and Hans Ulrich Obrist had a conversation on Instagram today on this matter.
The nine images of Earth include the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, the Great Barrier Reef, the Ganges River in India, the Greenland Ice Sheet, and the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia. There is also Chernobyl in Ukraine, for being the place where the worst nuclear disaster in history occurred, but now it is a place where endangered wildlife thrives.
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao It opened on February 14 an exhibition by the artist, “Olafur Eliasson: in real life”, which would remain open until October 25. Due to the museum closing due to the coronavirus pandemic, the sample dates will be reviewed.