Olafur EliassonYellow versus Purple 2003

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Olafur Eliasson (born 1967)
Yellow versus Purple
Date 2003
MediumGlass, steel cable, motor, floodlight and tripod
Dimensionsobject: 750 x 750 x 4 mm, 6.5 kg
Acquisition Purchased using funds provided by the 2003 Outset / Frieze Art Fair Fund to benefit the Tate Collection 2003
Not on display


Installed in a darkened room, Yellow versus Purple 2003 comprises a transparent yellow disc of colour-effect glass (750 mm in diameter), which is suspended from a steel cable linked to a motor attached to the ceiling, and a floodlight mounted on a tripod that shines a wide beam of light directly at the disc and onto a white wall behind. The disc and the floodlight are both positioned 140 cm off the floor so that as the light passes through the glass it creates a yellow shadow on the wall behind that changes shape, from a circle to an ellipse and back again, as the disc rotates… (read more)

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