Olafur Eliasson likes to light up our world. His "Little Sun" project involves selling adorable solar-powered lights to bring affordable lighting to off-grid communities. For "Moon," Eliasson teamed up with Ai Weiwei to create a website where users can write graffiti on a giant, luminescent orb. Now Eliasson is taking us inside another phenomenon of natural light—the rainbow.
For his project "Panoramic Awareness Pavilion," Eliasson installed a circular structure of colored glass at the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park outside the Des Moines Art Center in Iowa. The construction is made of 23 panels of glass, partially opaque with a silver coating and partially tinted an array of colors. It has one opening on the north side and Fresnel lamp in the center to light the pavilion.
The spectrum of colors mimics a kaleidoscope, where glimpses of the surrounding city lights disappear in the silvered areas and bend through the whole spectrum in the colored glass. The immersive installation follows in line with Eliasson's other environmental structures, and the panels of glass are like being inside a colorful Eadweard Muybridge film reel.