Hanging Sculpture Shines with LED Lights at Art Basel 2012

Art Basel is touted as “the world's premier international art show for modern and contemporary works.” It’s no surprise to me, then, that this year’s June exhibition incorporated plenty of LED light-infused art pieces. One of the most talked about of these was "Your Two-Tone Dawn Light" by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. Eliasson is well known for large-scale installations that incorporate natural elements from the surrounding landscape, like sunlight and running water. Though he commonly employs straightforward, uncomplicated materials like steel and wood, he usually pairs them with more complex objects and/or tools, like mirrors, neon or RGB LED lights and/or computer technology. The hanging sculpture, “Your Two-Tone Dawn Light,” is representative of many of Eliasson’s artistic tendencies; its hand-blown, blue and orange glass houses flexible LED lights within a steel and aluminum structure. The sculpture’s spherical shape conjures concepts from basic chemistry—electrons spinning around a central nucleus. The color scheme makes the piece look almost vintage, as if it was inspired by the disco era, while simultaneously evoking the title of the piece: a vibrant and mesmerizing sunrise.


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