olafur eliasson's greenlight prototypes for moroso follow a geometric structure
 

olafur eliasson's greenlight prototypes for moroso follow a geometric structure

 

 

milan design week: ‘greenlight’ is a selection of prototypes including a table and shelving system designed by olafur eliasson for moroso. presented at salone del mobile 2017, the collection derives from the danish-icelandic artist’s ‘green light‘ – a stackable lamp module based on the golden triangle that can be combined to form luminous sculptures or sprawling modular environments. 

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the prototypes designed for moroso are constructed from multiplex board and painted steel, and are based on the geometry of the ‘green light’ module. the shelves are built around the rhombic negative space outlined by the modules, and the table refers to the modules’ form by incorporating fragments of their geometry. like the lamps, the tables were developed as modules: they can be combined into a hexagonal surface, lined up to create a zigzag row, or put together to create a star shape. 

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the lamp module is central to olafur eliasson’s ‘green light – an artistic workshop’, a project created in collaboration with thyssen-bornemisza art contemporary. launched in 2016 at TBA21–augarten in vienna, the an artistic workshop invites refugees and asylum seekers to participate in the communal construction of lamps, and hosts a multifaceted learning program that includes language courses, job training, seminars, and artist’s interventions. the project offers a platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience, as well as for the collective exploration of new models of community. it also provides a forum for discussing current geopolitical issues surrounding global migration, shining a metaphorical green light to asylum seekers and refugees.

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eliasson is bringing ‘green light – an artistic workshop‘ to the 57th international art exhibition – la biennale di venezia curated by christine macel from may 13th to november 26th, 2017. asylum seekers, male and female, young and old, have been invited to participate regardless of their legal status or proficiency in italian or english.

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