Olafur Eliasson on “Why art has the power to change the world”

The first time I saw the work of Olafur Eliasson at the San Francisco MOMA, my heart and head felt a buzzing, tingling expansiveness. He continues to inspire!

I am convinced that by bringing us together to share and discuss, a work of art can make us more tolerant of difference and of one another. The encounter with art – and with others over art – can help us identify with one another, expand our notions of we, and show us that individual engagement in the world has actual consequences. That’s why I hope that in the future, art will be invited to take part in discussions of social, political, and ecological issues even more than it is currently and that artists will be included when leaders at all levels, from the local to the global, consider solutions to the challenges that face us in the world today.

Read the whole article here

See more of his work here at Studio Olafur Eliasson.

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Olafur Eliasson, The Weather Project

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