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Olafur Elliason's sublime installations plunge viewer into wondrous world

London, Jul 9 (efe-epa).- Conceptual artist Olafur Eliasson once transformed the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall into an awe-inspiring space with his floating, glowing sun and now returns to the London gallery for a show that focuses on his enthralling installations that explore color, space, movement and geometry.

"For the first time for the audiences who saw 'The Weather Project' and a generation who have come after them to explore the full range of his work," Frances Morris, director of Tate Modern said at the preview.

"We had no idea how the public would respond to this dematerialization full of fog and light, and of course the public performed in that space, and took it over, it was a kind of public takeover of a civic space that very significantly shifted our idea of how we could use the building," Morris said of "The Weather Project's" impact.

The "In Real Life" exhibition will showcase over 40 works made between 1990 and 2019 that have never been seen in the UK before, save one.

A space dedicated entirely to the Danish-Icelandic artist's climate emergency activism, views on migration, energy and architecture has been earmarked.

Also included is an offbeat program that will bring the Berlin-based Studio Olafur Eliasson's kitchen team to London to offer a bespoke vegetarian menu and program of events of the Tate Modern's Terrace Bar using organic and locally sourced ingredients.

Viewers become an essential part of Eliasson's work, which is highly interactive and often depends on the observer to complete it, such as with the technicolor "Your Uncertain Shadow (colour)," (2010) which projects mesmerizing rainbow colored shadows of punters.

The act of not just viewing but experiencing his installations becomes the artwork.

Organic reflections feature heavily across his work, as does his fascination with color.

Another good example of the ethereal nature of his work is "Beauty" (1993), an installation that plunges the viewer into a darkened room where a fine curtain of mist drips from the ceiling whilst a beam of light projected onto the water, depending on the angle of the observer, creates a rainbow.

In "Stardust Particle" (2014), a huge stainless steel and glass hanging sculpture that combines two polyhedra to create a sphere is also shapeshifting artwork that responds to its surroundings and lighting conditions to create beautiful reflections.

It was before this delicate piece that the artist told reporters the importance the environment and sustainability have in his work, evident in his choice of materials such as moss, ice and water.

A homage to his homeland in the form of a stunning photographic series of Icelandic glaciers taken in 1999 taps into a recurring theme.

In December he transported chunks of glaciers and let them melt on the Thames embankment.

"It's interesting that a lot of works, even though they have been done a long time ago, have something to offer or can contribute to the dialogue in which we are today," Eliasson told reporters.

Ephemeral, sustainable, experience and environment are all themes that have become ever more important, the artist concluded. EFE-EPA

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