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Marina Kellen French Distinguished Visitor - Class of Spring 2022

Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson works with sculpture, painting, photography, film, installation, and digital media. He is internationally renowned for installations that challenge the way we perceive and co-create our environments.


Since the mid-1990s, Eliasson has created numerous major exhibitions around the world, including The weather project (2003), an enormous artificial sun shrouded by mist, in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, which was seen by more than two million people. For his project Ice Watch, Eliasson and geologist Minik Rosing brought free-floating icebergs from a fjord outside Nuuk, Greenland, to public squares in European cities (Copenhagen, 2014; Paris, 2015; and London, 2018) to raise awareness of the climate crisis.


Located in Berlin, Studio Olafur Eliasson comprises a large team of craftsmen, architects, archivists, researchers, administrators, cooks, art historians, and specialized technicians. Since 2012, Little Sun, the social business founded by Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen, has worked to spread awareness about the need to expand access to clean, sustainable energy. In 2014, Eliasson and his long-time collaborator, architect Sebastian Behmann, formed the office for art and architecture Studio Other Spaces to focus on interdisciplinary and experimental building projects and works in public space.

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