Olafur Eliasson on engaging the viewer

Widely heralded as one of the most important artists of his generation, Olafur Eliasson nimbly merges art, science, and natural phenomena to create extraordinary multisensory experiences. Challenging the passive nature of traditional art-viewing, he engages the observer as an active participant, using tangible elements such as temperature, moisture, aroma, and light to generate physical sensations. Here he considers the ways his work Beauty (1993) engages viewers.

  • Total running time: 1 min. 32 sec.

  • Featured Artist: Olafur Eliasson
  • SFMOMA Release Date: September 2007