For his latest site-specific installation, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has flooded the inside of the Fondation Beyeler in the Swiss city of Basel.

The solo exhibit is a completely unique and immersive experience that brings the natural outdoors within the architectural structures of the museum. It’s a border-crossing investigation of humans’ preconceptions of culture and nature, taking visitors on a meandering and elevated walkway above organically green-dyed water.

The pond is artificially made and is filled with plants such as water lilies and shell flowers, all selected by the landscape architect, Günther Vogt. In the evening, a blue light illuminates the now-green space.

In a statement Eliasson wrote about Life, the artist said, “When we recognize that our lives are inextricably entangled with our surroundings and with structures and systems that extend far beyond our local context, we learn, I believe, that we are all vulnerable and not fully in control. We act and interact in situations defined by uncertainty and unclear outcomes.”

Life is on display at the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland from now until July 11, 2021.


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