Multiple grotto, 2004

Multiple Grotto, 2004

Posted by Raoul Rosenberg on Dec 21, 2007

“The reflecting mirrors put our faces and hands in the same plane as the natural landscape photos on the wall. We see the multiplicity of tributaries and waterfalls, so alike and yet so different, and then we see our faces mirrored in the center of the room, a kaleidoscope — same kind and yet so different.”

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19 Comments

  1. cb
    Posted September 8, 2007 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    great day of exhibits

  2. Posted September 16, 2007 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    really cool. I Like this exibhit.

  3. David Littlejohn
    Posted September 17, 2007 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    “Multiple grotto” of 2004 (which has been purchased by SFMOMA) is a kind of blow-up of “Berlin sphere” 15 feet across. One can walk inside it, as one can several of the artist’s larger sculptures. From the outside, it looks like a geometrical explosion of chromed steel spikes, arrayed in bouquets of ten around kaleidoscopic hubs. Inside, it turns into a geodesic igloo composed of about 90 facets, each reflecting both you and different views of a tan dodecahedron (a 20-sided shape), which represents the gallery outside as transformed by the glazed spike-ends and hubs. In the end, I stopped trying to figure it out and yielded to the disorienting experience. With the bridge-and-tunnel set, my favorite exhibit here.

  4. Anita
    Posted September 27, 2007 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    what a wonderful experience to walk out of the elevator and find yourself in this blinding yellow. Everyone else is transformed into B+W! All color is leached out.

  5. mandy b
    Posted October 7, 2007 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    it was captivating and beautiful so complex but so simple just lik a person going inside was the best treat.

  6. Jerry
    Posted October 8, 2007 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    this exhibit is awesome and it is quite a trip. it pwns

  7. Posted October 29, 2007 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Inside, look into various different spikes to see the illusion of different kinds of 3-D polygons at the ends. My friend on the outside of the piece put different parts of her face up to the openings, which produced very amusing kaliedoscopic effects for those of us inside. For even more fun, bring a flashlight to shine around inside.

  8. Posted October 30, 2007 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    each spike is a different experience. awesome

  9. aro
    Posted November 12, 2007 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Interesting forms, very organic.

  10. Phil
    Posted November 18, 2007 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    When you look out from inside the sphere you may find yourself looking at someone who is looking at you. That’s also true if you are outside the sphere looking in, but that experience ins enriched by looking out from the inside first. It changes the way you look at things.

  11. jeffman
    Posted November 20, 2007 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    i think i just saw this at moma/s.f.
    my physics teacher would have loved it. dug the bridge he built on the 4th floot there and the shaft with the mirrors-excelent.
    wasnt sure if frozen bmw in 13degree room was even worth it. but overall the exibit was super.

  12. pascale
    Posted December 15, 2007 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    here is your tunnel!!

  13. Posted December 21, 2007 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    The reflecting mirrors put our faces and hands in the same plane as the natural landscape photos on the wall. We see the multiplicity of tributaries and waterfalls, so alike and yet so different, and then we see our faces mirrored in the center of the room, a kaleidoscope — same kind and yet so different. We are part of the natural landscape.

    Raoul Rosenberg

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

    the most expensive kaleidoscope in the world.

    i’m glad to have seen this before i die.

  15. annie
    Posted January 13, 2008 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    hmm…interesting…i see,,, hmm…
    ……………. interesting…

  16. mizanonymous
    Posted January 19, 2008 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    The best part was taking illicit kaleidoscopic photos from inside and outside when the security guard wasn’t looking!

  17. Anonymous
    Posted January 22, 2008 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    And when I walked around the huge star, behold, there was an entrance. And it was as if Eliasson wanted to show us something that he saw. Which is a humble gesture coming from an artist. And I appreciated it…

  18. eugene
    Posted February 7, 2008 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    i think it is cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool

  19. eugene
    Posted February 7, 2008 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    i think it is interesting


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