360 degree room for all colours, 2002

360 degree room for all colours

Posted by Benard Hecker on Dec 31, 2007:

“It is absolutely amazing how engrossing this simple installation is. The other people in the room became totally part of the art work to me. Fantastic! Unusual museum fare: Art as experience, rather than as object.”

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  1. Kseniya Fedorova
    Posted September 6, 2007 at 5:17 am | Permalink

    The magic of this work for me is how delicately it penetrates to the thinnest layers of your inner reality. Working with slightly (you can’t define the borders) changing colors, Eliasson recreates not only the natural environments (gloomy or sunny day), but the moods. Standing “inside the light”, you travel through the maze of your own unexpressed memories and feelings. Spend at least 10 minutes there.

  2. Nossaile Rufalo
    Posted September 6, 2007 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    This room should be renamed 352 degrees for all color. See it in person and you’ll know what I mean. Very cool.

  3. O. Mitigawa
    Posted September 8, 2007 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    I look for man behind the curtain. I do not see him. Or the curtain.

  4. Posted September 16, 2007 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    i want this in my room. each shot of color is fantastic.

  5. Posted September 16, 2007 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    the colors are just breathtaking. got to see it again sometime…

  6. David Littlejohn
    Posted September 17, 2007 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Eliasson is famous for revealing the sources of his effects (as in “Notion motion,” the installation where you can alter the screen image of rippling water by standing on different floorboards–then move to the space behind and see the light and pool that make it happen. Here, though, he hides his magic (computer run fluorescent lights between the cylidrical wall and the sheetrock outside) from the puzzled, awestruck viewer. You really do have to “take your time” to see the whole spectrum. Keep an eye on your fellow visitors as the colors change: fascinating.

  7. Posted September 17, 2007 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Wow. Quite a trip. When you stand really close you all you can see it the flat bright colours. When they change it feels like a blast of heat on your eyes.

  8. Tom Smith
    Posted September 19, 2007 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    When looking close to the wall I fell into the “ganzfeld” and saw the “floaters” in my eye and the blood vessels too! I was in and out at the same time!

  9. kathy
    Posted October 1, 2007 at 9:49 pm | Permalink


  10. Jenny Roberts
    Posted October 6, 2007 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    i first walked around the exhibit first seeing purple then white, i then went inside and was took with the bold pink, i thought it was my favorite part about it until it turned completely white. It makes one feel as though they have lost something and not sure what.

  11. Posted October 7, 2007 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    I suppose you could stand in the center and turn around, but I found it was impossible to view the entire 360º at once without being distracted by other people in the space. So I moved to about 10 inches away from the wall and and took in an arc of about 200º. It was a breath-taking cavalcade of color, a real blast from supersaturated to the subtlest — not to be missed!

  12. Posted October 13, 2007 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    the real show is the detritus floating around in your corneal fluid. I kept thinking that if I were on lsd everything would line up in patterns as regular as Eliasson’s smaller paper and wire sculptures. happily, though, my sober eye only saw the irregularities of the imprint of physiological happenstance. have to say I liked that better than the sculptures.

  13. yoya
    Posted October 16, 2007 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    I loved the exhibition…in fact is like he read my thoughts, I have always wanted to do things like that!!!

  14. Dee Glensor
    Posted October 17, 2007 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    This one is particularly intriguing, as one steps as close to the color as possible it feels as if one is being swallowed by it. It is an incredible experiece to completely lose oneself in the light as the colors change.

  15. judiriva
    Posted October 19, 2007 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    This was the most “mind-bending” show since the 1970s. I must return!

  16. brandon
    Posted October 21, 2007 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    It was a great experience. I suggest seeing this exhibit in person

  17. Posted October 29, 2007 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    One of the best parts is to watch the changing of colors on the faces of the people inside. If you are shy to stare at strangers, go in with a friend so you can look at each other for a while as the colors change. Very beautiful, and very different from only looking at the wall.

  18. MJS
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    definitely my favorite part of this exhibit – just standing there, taking it in, the buzz/vibe from the colored light as it changed hue to hue, felt like a chicken baking in a kaleidoscope microwave..

  19. Ray
    Posted November 5, 2007 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    The intensity of color is amazing. Until you’ve seen this exhibit you have not truly seen color!

  20. kt
    Posted November 9, 2007 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Most breathtaking of all was the 360 degree room for all colours. I walked in to see people standing close to the wall, looking slightly hypnotized. I walked right up to the wall and did the same. All of a sudden, the light consumes your peripheral vision, and you feel like you are enveloped in hues of yellow, orange, blue, pink, green, purple and white. What struck me was how my body physically reacted to the changes in color. Pink and orange gave me butterflies, like I was seeing a boy I had a crush on. Whereas blue made me feel serene and reminded me of when I was scuba diving and would float weightlessly into the abyss. I let the emotions roll through me as the light entered and passed through my physical being like a drug. I could have stayed there and experienced the permutations for hours.

  21. Dustin
    Posted November 13, 2007 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    THis is great

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  23. Posted November 24, 2007 at 3:20 am | Permalink

    Just cruising the web lookin at art, I am related to twiz rimer, however, I do not know to much about art however, I really enjoy these works!

  24. Oliver A
    Posted November 26, 2007 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    I took my three-year old son he loved all of Eliasson’s stuff, but especially the 360 degree room. We sat in the middle of it for at least five minutes and just let the changing colors envelop us. This is a great exhibit for young children because it is so immersive and encourages interaction. Every piece offers a unique sense of discovery.

  25. M.
    Posted November 30, 2007 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    This is TRIPPY! I enjoyed it but was distracted by the gunk swimming on my contact lenses!

  26. Posted December 1, 2007 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Technical Mastery and Human/Humane Perception Inextricably Realized!
    A Modern Masterpiece!

  27. Posted December 4, 2007 at 4:27 am | Permalink

    Take your time in there.

  28. Søren Holmberg
    Posted December 7, 2007 at 2:53 am | Permalink

    I saw this at Kunsthallen Brandts (uk.brandts.dk).. It was stunning. I was so amazed. Real close to the fabric I felt like I lifted off the ground each time the color changed.

  29. chicana
    Posted December 10, 2007 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    it was truly mesmerizing. my niece told me to stand close – it was amazing how many different sensations you could feel depending on the color. When I come back I want to wear my ipod and listen to some beautiful music while the colors change. this is the perfect holiday gift…a room that changes color!

  30. Posted December 18, 2007 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    This whole exhibition was amazing, but I especially liked this. I felt like I got lost in it, and I couldn’t tell how close or far away I was from the wall. Brilliant.

  31. Posted December 24, 2007 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    it is very good pictures.

  32. SacArtist
    Posted December 24, 2007 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Ditto. I stood close to the wall, and when the color changed, I completely lost the sense of depth. When the color was intense, I felt like my entire body was immersed in a different world. The experience was very, very unique.

  33. Barnardo
    Posted December 27, 2007 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Wow! This room was amazing!!! The faces of people really did change as the colors changed, showing pigmentation.

  34. McChingle
    Posted December 27, 2007 at 7:30 pm | Permalink


  35. Barnardo
    Posted December 27, 2007 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    This room really shows how different people are differently pigmentated. It was amazing…wow.

  36. Posted December 29, 2007 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    sacartist has it…initial loss of depth when seen up close first time to the point of dizziness–also an expression of the visual field (visual artifacts such as floaters quite visible)

  37. Posted December 30, 2007 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    far more interesting than the actual room, was eavesdropping on moma-goers go on and on about it. the discovery of this comment board was particularly exciting, too.

  38. Posted December 30, 2007 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    why are my comments not appearing? FASCISTS!

    art is about expression.

    not censorship.

  39. adam
    Posted December 30, 2007 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    amazing construction. olafur is either very talented at stainless TIG welding, or de moma gave him a lot of money to find people who are.


  40. Benard Hecker
    Posted December 31, 2007 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    It is absolutely amazing how engrossing this simple installation is. The other people in the room became totally part of the art work to me. Fantastic! Unusual museum fare: Art as experience, rather than as object.

  41. Ken
    Posted January 6, 2008 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Put your face up to the screen so that your entire peripheral vision is filled with uniformly changing color, and the rest of the world disappears!

  42. nate
    Posted January 9, 2008 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    The light felt like summertime may feel in the far north of our planet. I felt transported.

  43. Posted January 11, 2008 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    it was the awsomes thing ever in someones life

  44. annie
    Posted January 11, 2008 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    i thought the exibit was horribl

  45. Diana
    Posted January 19, 2008 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    I didn’t know that color could be so completely overwhelming and absorbing. I thought my eyes would explode from oversaturation.

  46. blap
    Posted January 19, 2008 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    I thought about experiencing a day, what the light tells me sub conciously about warpth/season/time and let my inner mind wander with the light. A compressed day/week/year.

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  48. frank
    Posted January 22, 2008 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    I felt like suddenly i had no body, only mind floating in time. at times the lights became so bright i thought i must close my eyes but i didnt. i sometimes focused on all the things i did see but usually ignored, floaters, blood cells in my retinas vessels. i want to live there.

  49. olive
    Posted February 3, 2008 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    i like it when it’s all red and you look like a murderer.
    when it’s blue-ish it looks like snow or water.
    i love it.

  50. B.J. Yeager
    Posted February 5, 2008 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Sorry I missed it, looks great!

  51. Gypsy
    Posted February 16, 2008 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    I felt like I walked into infinity…

  52. anon
    Posted February 23, 2008 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    your eyes become flooded with color. such an overwhelming visual that it goes flows over into your other senses. definitely stand close so that you lose your peripheral and become absorbed in the color, and experience the loss of your depth perception and the sight of your visual noise. insane. hypnotizing.

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