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  1. Nossaile Rufalo
    Posted September 6, 2007 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Beauty really lives up to its name. Be sure to walk all the way into the space to see the ethereal rainbow-like effect. If you just poke your head in the room, all you see is a curtain of water, and you’re totally missing the piece.

  2. Posted September 8, 2007 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    WALK//OBSERVE…The three muses seem dancing in front of me in a ray of light//rainbow//iris//a fourth muse//ghosts//life//a journey through the mist…IMAGINE…WALK THROUGH BEAUTY. ENTER YOUR IMAGINATION.

  3. O. Mitigawa
    Posted September 8, 2007 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    There is a rainbow projected on water. It is simple yet beautiful. You can walk through the water. You get wet. It’s nice.

  4. Carole
    Posted September 14, 2007 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    The artist’s comments about making sense of the world through art is also what I believe. I am heartened by his work and his philosophy. What I see here on line gives hints of his talent and gift. I live in Maine and would not be able to travel to SF to see the exhibit altho I can see that I would really like to do so!

  5. Posted September 16, 2007 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    I didnt even go all the way in and it was still one of my favorites. I am going back up to get the full effect of the rainboe

  6. David Littlejohn
    Posted September 17, 2007 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    I’ve seen this one before. The trick is to keep moving around the room, as the evanescent rainbow spectra keep coming and going, changing all the time–which of course was Eliasson’s ingenious idea. Water + light = color = art. Nothing simpler.

  7. Posted September 17, 2007 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    The closer you get to it the more circular the rainbow. great

  8. Diana
    Posted September 22, 2007 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Rainbow piece is reminiscent of Bill Viola. A total experience!!

  9. Posted September 24, 2007 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    It would have been very cool to add a projector that reflects your face in a semi translucent fashion as you walk through the mist.

  10. kathy
    Posted October 1, 2007 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    Reminded me of Star Trek, when they get beamed up. Very ethereal.

  11. Jeff Knopefle
    Posted October 5, 2007 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    I walked all the way in. It was so cool. Like a modern art exibit of Yosemite Falls.

  12. Posted October 7, 2007 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    In addition to the beautiful rainbow effect of the mist there is also the opportunity for an entirely different experience (perhaps not planned by the artist) if you walk back into the pitch darkness and attempt to locate the back left corner. That was very intense and scary.

  13. Michele Kerr
    Posted October 15, 2007 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    How delightful to experience this with my 15 year old son. We had so much fun! We loved the yellow light when we got off the elevator and observing our faces and all the other museum goer’s faces transformed. The mist, the waves of water, the frozen car….fun, fun, fun!!!!! I must go back again…I’m sure I’ll have an entirely new experience!

  14. jo
    Posted October 23, 2007 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait to see it. Images and comments are an experience in themselves, but only make me want to be there.

  15. Helene Spencer
    Posted October 29, 2007 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    I visited this exhibit at the SFMOMA on Saturday – it was phenomenal. The website gives my husband a wonderful idea of what I experienced. Thank you.

  16. Posted October 29, 2007 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    You should definitely walk into it or through it. My friend & I did this, and it was fun & refreshing.

  17. MJS
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    the moist sigh of nourishment, tough to unhappy and stressed while experiencing this…

  18. Vicky
    Posted November 5, 2007 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Touching a rainbow!

  19. Antonio Garcia
    Posted November 6, 2007 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Eliasson has been on the cusp of the most cutting edge in contemporary art for quite some time and I truly believe that SFMOMA is awesome for taking notice. Im so glad that the west coast is hip to it, perhaps more than New York has been with his work. Thank you for educating the public.

  20. Hillary
    Posted November 7, 2007 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    I thought that this was a really interesting show and that he showed alot of diversity in his work. I personally loved all his work but din’t even realize how much of the work was actually his. I as an art student found this encouraging because our class is currently working on creating things with a deeper meaning not just looks. His helped because I was starting to feel almost stuck in doing one kind of art but now I see how they can all work together.

  21. Scott
    Posted November 13, 2007 at 1:14 am | Permalink


  22. A. Seefeldt
    Posted November 15, 2007 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    I’m a middle school art teacher and I brought my students to the museum today. Many of them have never been to a museum before and they had a BLAST in this exhibit. They especially loved BEAUTY and kept begging to go back and stand under the water. It was an incredible exhibit and experience!

  23. Katie T.
    Posted November 16, 2007 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    I was in San Francisco a short time ago; and I feel very lucky that I got to see Olafur Eliasson’s exhibition. It was truly amazing. I have never seen an exhibition quite like it. As you walked from room to room, there were so many different things to experience and participate in. It was an impressive combination of thought and design. Kudos to SFMOMA for bringing this exhibition to the people.

  24. Posted November 21, 2007 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    This is simply beautiful.. I’m only in highschool but this a piece of art I can appreciate. EXCELLENT JOB!!!

  25. Posted November 23, 2007 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    This exhibit of Olafur Eliasson expands our mind with shapes, beauty and physical feelings. did i get my emotional sensation about this show? Yes some elation…Thank you to all who made this exhibit come to us.

  26. Posted November 23, 2007 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    my favorite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Posted November 26, 2007 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    this show is/was amazing

  28. M.
    Posted November 30, 2007 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    This was so magical! I was compelled to run through the water.

  29. joan lock
    Posted December 2, 2007 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    this is cool….

  30. Posted December 4, 2007 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    It’s like my girl’s hair, so beautiful and tender.

  31. Kate
    Posted December 6, 2007 at 7:02 pm | Permalink


  32. Posted December 7, 2007 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    The exhibit is fabulous. It is for the eye as music is for the ear. (Made me proud of my Danish heritage!) Because it is so important to interact with the works, I was very disappointed not to be allowed to take photographs. That is my way of really seeing. My camera goes with me everywhere. The rule did not seem in keeping with Mr. Eliasson’s spirit. Too bad.

  33. mystical sister
    Posted December 7, 2007 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    We were fortunate enough to see this on a weekday morning when it wasn’t crowded, and you could really “take your time.” Dream-like and amazing, the longer I stood along the wall facing the mist, the more ethereal and engaging it became. Stepping through the mist very slowly, revealed a rainbow. Beauty, indeed.

  34. mystical sister
    Posted December 7, 2007 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    This day, we were fortunate enough to see this on a weekday morning when it wasn’t crowded, and you could really “take your time.” Dream-like and amazing, the longer I stood along the wall facing the mist, the more ethereal and engaging it became. Stepping through the mist very slowly, revealed a rainbow. Beauty, indeed.

  35. maya
    Posted December 9, 2007 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    I like seeing the rainbow in the water

  36. chicana
    Posted December 10, 2007 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    another wonderful piece. so simple yet so impressive.

  37. InAweLeah!
    Posted December 17, 2007 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Beauty defines beauty. I couldn’t leave this room and pray that I could attempt to immitate this next time I spray my lawn. Be sure to kneel down to see how the rainbow transforms from down under. Thank you.

  38. liana
    Posted December 23, 2007 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    This is a fun learning experience,and I saw art I had never seen before.It was neat because as you walked through the mist you would see a rainbow with the colors yellow,green,blue, red,and purple.

  39. Posted December 24, 2007 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    I love the gift of permission to think, be, experience this work in your own way…a process of discovery…using your senses – hearing, touch, sight.

  40. andrew calkins
    Posted December 28, 2007 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    there was this little girl standing in the stream of water, utterly entranced, with everyone watching her. The light reflected off of her face and she was completely entranced in the experience. It seemed like a focal point for the entire exhibit. Then someone tried to take a picture, to extend the moment, and was stopped, and the magic shattered …

  41. Posted December 29, 2007 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    when we were there (thursday evening–lots of people) a guy was going crazy–waving a program in the mist, hair totally wet, ecstatic–some of the the possibilities of how you could feel in a light mist realized by this spontaneous actor…

  42. Posted December 30, 2007 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    i loved this piece so much. it is by far my favorite work EVER — in my LIFE. when i walked in and felt the cool air caress my skin – it brought me back to my days as a child living in the caves of the hidden valleys and cliffs in nevada, tenn. seeing the rainbow appear across the misty waterfall was like having God kiss my eyes.


  43. kitty
    Posted December 30, 2007 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    this piece was SO AMAZING, it made me wet.

  44. max
    Posted January 3, 2008 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    this makes rainbows

  45. Posted January 3, 2008 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    i thought this was…

    im speech less :]]

    p.s. i walked through it :]] <33

  46. Akshay Kothari
    Posted January 3, 2008 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    coolest thing in the museum.

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