Spotted in a Brussels garden: part of a prizewinning Icelandic building (Olafur Eliasson’s ‘Crystal growth’)
For those of you going for a jog or a stroll around the idyllic lakes of Ixelles (Brussels) once in a while, allow me to draw your attention to a sculpture that has just been installed in one of the gardens near the lakes. The three steel elements placed on top of each other are actually by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. He used the same elements for the impressive Harpa concert hall in Reykjavik (designed in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects). That hall was awarded the prestigious Mies van der Rohe Award in April (interesting detail: the concert hall beat the controversial market hall in Ghent, by Robbrecht and Daem & Marie-José Van Hee). Crystal growth 3 is part of a small exhibition with works by Eliasson at the new offices of MC Gennart. According to the contemporary art consultant, representing Tony Cragg, Giuseppe Penone and Susan Hefuna, this is the first show by Eliasson in Belgium. To be visited by appointment only, through November 16. Pics of the Harpa hall and some of the works in the show after the jump.