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Your Glacial Expectations

Olafur Eliasson, Günther Vogt


A lavish and forensic look at one of the most private and exclusive works of landscape art, produced by a contemporary art superstar

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The site-specific artwork Your Glacial Expectations is the result of an extraordinary collaboration between artist Olafur Eliasson and landscape architect Günther Vogt. Created in 2012 for the headquarters of the Danish textile company Kvadrat, the work consists of an installation by Eliasson seamlessly integrated into a landscape designed by Vogt. Large mirrors laid into rolling grassland echo circular and oval groves of trees that dot the landscape around the site in Ebeltoft. Like the glassy surfaces of glacial pools, the mirrors reflect the changing sky: they blur the boundaries between above and below, inside and out.

Within this book, photographs by Iwan Baan, Casper Sejersen and Annabel Elston document the artwork and landscape through changing seasons, capturing their ephemeral qualities. A literary contribution by Danish novelist Josefine Klougart responds to the work with reflections on inner and outer landscapes, and draws on personal memories of a childhood spent in the nearby Mols Mountains.

Designed by Graphic Thought Facility and Peter Saville, the book also features texts by Kvadrat CEO Anders Byriel, geologist Minik Rosing, and insights into the working practices of Olafur Eliasson and Günther Vogt.

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 29.0 x 29.0 cm

Extent: 174 pp

Illustrations: 112

Publication date: 16 March 2017

ISBN: 9780500239599

Contents List

Foreword by Anders Byriel • ‘Your Glacial Expectations’, Olafur Eliasson • ‘The Reflective Garden’: Olafur Eliasson, Günther Vogt and Josefine Klougart in conversation, moderated by Hettie Judah • ‘A Way of Listening’, Josefine Klougart (translated from the Danish by Martin Aitken) • ‘The Underside’, Minik Rosing • ‘Search and Research’: The Mols Landscape in Denmark • ‘Vogt Landscape Architects’: Text by Günther Vogt and Nicole la Hausse de Lalouvière • Biographies

About the Author

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.

Landscape architect Günther Vogt develops projects with some 40 employees in his offices in Zurich, London and Berlin.

List of Contributors

Josefine Klougart