Spotted in a Brussels garden: part of a prizewinning Icelandic building (Olafur Eliasson’s ‘Crystal growth’)

OlafurEliasson_GennartFor 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.

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‘Colour Experiment n°42 (Olafur Eliasson, 2011; courtesy the artist)

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‘Bhutan borrowed view (purple, light red, lemon yellow)’ (Olafur Eliasson, 2011; courtesy the artist)

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‘Inner touch sphere’ (Olafur Eliasson, 2012; courtesy the artist)

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‘The hut series’ (Olafur Eliasson, 2012; courtesy the artist)

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4 Responses to “Spotted in a Brussels garden: part of a prizewinning Icelandic building (Olafur Eliasson’s ‘Crystal growth’)”

  1. Here’s to hoping we see a more accessible Eliasson exhibition in Brussels soon! At least we don’t need to set an appointment for the sculpture in the garden…

    • Utopia Parkway Says:

      I’m sure they will be more than happy to open the door for you, when you drop by.

      • it’s just that I find such ‘by appointment only’ environments a bit intimidating; but, hey why not? I’d give it it a try 🙂 Thanx for flagging it; your blog is a great guide to the artistic world of Belgium!

      • Utopia Parkway Says:

        Thanks for the compliment. I really appreciate it!

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