Unspoken Spaces

Studio Olafur Eliasson


The first major monograph on Eliasson in more than a decade, including unpublished creations as well as spatial experiments that no longer exist

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Unspoken Spaces explores Olafur Eliasson’s driving interest in finding visionary shapes to represent abstract ideas. It is a richly illustrated journey through spheres, tunnels, towers, walkways and archways, as well as pavilions and larger buildings realized by Eliasson and his studio since the late 1990s.

Binding the spiralling dynamic of these works are essays by renowned writers across a variety of fields – from geologists and historians of art and science to architects, artists and philosophers.

The works range from small-scale experiments to large-scale projects in the public realm, among them striking buildings such as The Serpentine Galleries Pavilion 2007 in London (with Kjetil Thorsen), Your rainbow panorama (2006-2011) in Aarhus, Denmark, or the crystalline fa├žade for Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre (2005-11) in Reykjavik. Each work is presented through in-depth project descriptions accompanied by Eliasson’s own words.

Produced in close collaboration with the artist and his studio, this elaborate volume will appeal to art lovers, designers, students and collectors alike.

Additional information

Weight 1778 g
Dimensions 22.6 x 28.7 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 May 2016
Number of pages 416
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.6 x 28.7 cm
Weight 1778 g


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Olafur Eliasson is an artist known for sculptures and large-scale installations which utilize natural elements, including light, water, fire and wood, often combined to re-create the outdoors inside. Born in 1967 he grew up in Iceland and Denmark. He studied, from 1989 to 1995, at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark. His work is represented in public and private collections including the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Deste Foundation, Athens and the Tate, London. He represented Denmark in the 2003 Venice Biennale. He lives and works in Berlin.