olafur eliasson: your glacial expectations for kvadrat
olafur eliasson: your glacial expectations for kvadrat olafur eliasson: your glacial expectations for kvadrat
sep 17, 2012

olafur eliasson: your glacial expectations for kvadrat


‘your glacial expectations’ presents a series of five elliptical mirrors, representative of glacial basins, each one offering a variation on form, but set in horizontal alignment, positioned amongst trees, shrubs and wildlife. a commissioned project by danish textile manufacturer kvadrat, the installation was conceived by danish artist olafur eliasson in collaboration with landscape architect günther vogt. mirrors generate reflections of the surrounding landscape causing a reversal of perception from what is on the outside and what lies within; what is an untamed wilderness and serene garden expressed in the conceptualization of the landscape. on slight elevations within the site’s broad meadows are small but dense gatherings of trees, delineated in their oval form.

five large oval mirrors are installed throughout the meadows of kvadrat’s headquarters



‘I am thrilled to see ‘your glacial expectations’ installed. it‘s been great working with günther vogt on this project – he is one of the best landscape architects today, with an incredible sensitivity and approach to space. the elliptical mirrors situated within the landscape create a sense of disorientation, causing each step to be a little tentative rather than overly confident. they give pause, creating introspection from the reflection of the celestial outside: the sky opens up beneath us; the trees, animals, our bodies, and movements are framed in the mirrors – our surroundings are surrounded.’ – olafur eliasson

the mirrors offer a contrast whereby the sky appears on the ground, offering a piece of untamed wilderness

each mirror resembles a glacial basin

detail of a mirror

general installation view

installation in progress

trees have been planted in oval groupings which from a distance appears to be a well ordered garden

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    sylvbouy says:
  • When you get too famous, you lose your judgement. Buried mirrors causing a reversal of perception ???
    Say what???

    jenni says:
  • yes… a pond… it’s just a pond… and yes, the water is reflective…. so innovative…

    malamala says:
  • Fascinating. This piece is a great deal more than just a reflection trick. It’s the assertion of artifice over nature, with little effort to disguise the imposition. It’s an intrusion, albeit a beautiful one. In fact the ovals distort perception by adding perspective from certain points of view. From others, they are circles, perfect discs.

    Tom P says:
  • I think Jenni and Malamala are on to something. Namely that it’s not very impressive at all. Ellipses that look like circles from a certain angle is just an incredibly lame concept.

    Greg says:
  • i like anish kapoor…

    mfww says:
  • i like anish kapoor…

    mfww says:
  • Ólafur Elíasson is not danish! Ólafur Elíasson is icelandic!!

    Edda Katrín Ragnarsdóttir says:
  • I would have liked it more if the shapes were more organic and pondy (new word I just invented).

    ricky says:

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