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Brief Published: 24 Dec 2013

Olafur Eliasson: Panoramic Awareness Pavillion


Berlin studio Olafur Eliasson’s recent large-scale light sculpture is reminiscent of its Your Rainbow Panorama – a spectrum of different-coloured glass installed along an elevated walkway for immersive coloured effects. The Panoramic Awareness Pavilion evolves this idea further. 

The circular pavilion is illuminated with a Fresnel light at its centre, while the walls are made up of 23 panes of different-coloured glass. Each panel is silvered at the edges and gradually fades in the centre – revealing the coloured glass beneath. The mirrored edges reflect the viewers’ environment, while the central coloured stripe provides a tinted view of the installation’s surroundings.

The pavilion is installed in the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines Art Centre in Des Moines, US.  For more on the use of colour and light, see our Play of Light report and our Synthetic rationale.