Changing Colours

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Wednesday 7 May 2008
Sarah Eades

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While in San Francisco I visited SFMOMA which had a number of exhibitions but I was lucky enough to see the Olafur Elliasson work One-way colour tunnel, 2007 that is a remnant of the exhibition Take Your Time. I had heard so much about this exhibition and was disappointed to have missed it (it came down in February 2008) but it was fabulous that they have still have this work. I was told it was made specifically for the walkway on the top floor of the SFMOMA. 

A beautiful experience, you walk through a tunnel of shards of pink and purple stained glass, with a semi opaque floor allowing you to see all the way to the ground floor foyer. 

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Then turning around, walking back through the tunnel all the colours change to almost black.

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I loved it and have to give credit to the very knowledgeable guide or security guard up there who explained it to me and let me take some photos. I can't really place why i enjoyed it so much. I guess it reminded me of the hall of mirrors and experiences and the fairground as a child i the UK, like there, you are immersed in a whole new sensation.

Olafur Eliasson, One-way colour tunnel, 2007, Site-specific sculpture, Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; and neugerriemschneider, Berlin