A flood of murky water overwhelms the white galleries of Beyeler Foundation in Basel, Switzerland. The new exhibition entitled “Life” is the work of the renowned Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson ((before), which inundated the Swiss institution in floating ferns, dwarf water lilies, mussel flowers, red root swimmers and water crops.
To install the sprawling project, Eliasson removed the windows on one side of the museum facade so that visitors and nearby wildlife can enter the room at any time of the day or night. The open-air environment exposes the created reservoir indoors to naturally occurring elements outside the building, such as weather, daylight, humidity, and smells and noises from nearby public gardens. At night, a combination of UV light and a fluorescent dye called uranine emits brilliant colors throughout the water.
A prismatic live stream– Eliasson fitted some of the cameras with devices that mimick the sensory experiences of animals and insects – and captures how the immersive space changes with every moment, especially as the surface reflects shadows and passers-by. These interactions between human and non-human species were at the forefront of the project, which was inspired by the anthropologist Natasha Myers Who spoke out in favor of the “Planthroposcen”? As an alternative to the Anthropocene, Myers’ concept is based on the knowledge that plants have made this planet liveable. an explanation says Eliasson’s goal is to prove nature’s inherent interconnectivity even though the gallery is overflowing with water.
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