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A participatory project that invited the public to discover a new world view.

“Today, ‘the world as we know it’ is a phrase of the past. The current health crisis has brought our societies close to a halt, affecting our economies, our freedoms, and even our social ties. We must take the time to empathise with all those struck by the crisis and also seize this opportunity to imagine together the earth that we want to inhabit in the future – in all its wonders and beauty, in the face of all the challenges ahead of us.” – Olafur Eliasson

Earth perspectives was shared by millions around the world on Earth Day 2020. A series of nine world views over Earth, the project encapsulates how maps, space, and the earth itself are human constructs, which we have the power to see from other perspectives, whether individually or collectively.

The piece, which includes views of earth from the Great Barrier Reef, the Ganges River, Chernobyl, and the Greenland ice sheet, seeks to provoke the viewer into recalibrating their relationship with how they see the world.

Olafur Eliasson

A multidisciplinary artist, Olafur Eliasson has long been using art to bring the public’s attention to the climate crisis: His work Ice Watch brought melting icebergs from Greenland to Copenhagen in 2014 and to Paris on the occasion of the COP21 Climate Conference in 2015. Eliasson is also the co-founder of Little Sun, a company that provides clean, affordable energy to communities without access to eletricity.

In Conversation: Olafur Eliasson and Hans Ulrich Obrist


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