One-way colour tunnel, 2007

One-way colour tunnel

Posted by witl on Dec 7, 2007:

“This tunnel is a group of experiences that you really need to be watching for. The obvious experience of ‘through’, but other opportunities for enlightenment happen as you ascend or descend the stairwell and you get fragments of light dancing on the walls, or from below when you see the splash of pink on the white cross beams, or the asymmetrical design on the grid, or even the footprints as people tramp across. Beautiful, amazing, wonderful!”

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38 Comments

  1. Nossaile Rufalo
    Posted September 6, 2007 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    The tunnel looks much better in person. It’s not even these colors. That is to say, it is covered in brilliant stained-glass like colors. Definitely enter the exhibition via the stairs from the 4th floor.

  2. O. Mitigawa
    Posted September 8, 2007 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    If I were an ice princess, I would appreciate the silverness. But I appreciate the color as I am nearly a butterfly.

  3. Posted September 10, 2007 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    enjoyed seeing this from below at stairwell …..too bad not to be able to explore this exhibit with camera!!!!!!!!

  4. todd vladyka
    Posted September 10, 2007 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    olafur is the BOMB!
    congratulations to Olafur and Henry.

  5. Posted September 14, 2007 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    I love all your work. One feels in awe of the sights they see, while the brain tries to make it all out. Such beauty and interest all together. Thank you for your contribution to art.

  6. Posted September 16, 2007 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    monm says that this is very strange, she means how one way its one color and vise versa.

  7. Posted September 16, 2007 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    I love the tunnel, it is as stunning as it is a bit scary being so high up. I think the combination of the two made for a beautiful and electrifying piece

  8. David Littlejohn
    Posted September 17, 2007 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    From my review:
    “There are two ways to ascend to the Eliasson exhibition, which occupies the whole fifth floor of SFMOMA. If you climb architect Mario Botta’s fascinating set of stairs, you end up facing a prismatic tunnel made of hundreds of acute-angled triangles, each formed from transparent, mirrored or opaque acrylic and fitted precisely into a frame of 35 identical accordion-folded bents. This work (“One-way colour tunnel”) was created specifically to fit into Mr. Botta’s vertiginous 36-foot long footbridge, 74 feet over the atrium floor. The effect, as you pass through the tunnel from the west, is that of moving through one of the great windows of Chartres, shattered into triangular shards. Light from the museum’s elliptical skylight is broken into constantly changing jewel-like colors, alternating blue and magenta on the corrugated walls, mostly oranges and pinks on the semi-vaulted roof. Traversed in the opposite direction, the tunnel is mostly dark, although hazy hues leak through over your shoulder.”

  9. kathy
    Posted October 1, 2007 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    I liked the view of the tunnel from the atrium even better than walking through it.

  10. mania asimakopoulou
    Posted October 24, 2007 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful colors, like walking in a dream

  11. janet
    Posted November 8, 2007 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    Be sure to consult the installation guide at the outset so that you are sure to see all the various parts of this fascinating exhibition. I loved the reindeer moss room!

  12. janet
    Posted November 8, 2007 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Be sure to consult the installation plan (handout) at the outset so that you are sure to see all the various parts of this fascinating exhibition. I loved the reindeer moss room!

  13. bILL
    Posted November 12, 2007 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    kEEP iT!

  14. andrew
    Posted November 15, 2007 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    THE CRYSTAL BRIDGE IS SO AWESOME!!

  15. andrew
    Posted November 15, 2007 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    THE CRYSTAL TUNNEL IS SO AWESOME!!

  16. andrew
    Posted November 15, 2007 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    IT IS AWESOME!! Studying psychology and how we think about things, plus combining it with art, is one of the most amazing things ever. Keep going, Eliasson!!

  17. poo
    Posted November 15, 2007 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    I like it a lot!

  18. jes
    Posted November 27, 2007 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    I thought this bridge could represent the tunnel/bridge of life the colors moving you along and until you reach the end of the tunnel of life.

  19. witl
    Posted December 7, 2007 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    This tunnel is a group of experiences that you really need to be watching for. The obvious experience of “through”, but other opportunities for enlightenment happen as you ascend or descend the stairwell and you get fragments of light dancing on the walls, or from below when you see the splash of pink on the white cross beams, or the asymetrical design on the grid, or even the footprints as people tramp across. Beautiful, amazing, wonderful! Thank you to everyone who made that possible.

  20. Lawrence
    Posted December 8, 2007 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Really amazing way of observing the world, and making art out of your observation. Reminds me of quantum mechanics – where by observing something you can change it.

  21. kathy thompson
    Posted December 10, 2007 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Thank you, SFMOMA, for another incredible contemporary art experience.

  22. Posted December 24, 2007 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Ingenious original experiential work. I found many pieces mesmeric in their conception and interactivity. Refreshing, engaging, honest and transformational. Thank you for SFMOMA for bringing us this work!

  23. LukeSon17
    Posted December 26, 2007 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    I thought this was the worst thing SFMOMA has ever exhibited. The color tunnel ruined Botta’s design concept.

  24. Posted January 3, 2008 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Throughout the exhibit I felt a sense of joy and lightness and this was amplified when walking through the tunnel and listening to the audio. I had a smile on my face throughout. Loved feeling the mist, the waves, seeing a rainbow and wrapping up in a blanket. Take your time
    and thank you Olafur Eliasson.

  25. merry
    Posted January 4, 2008 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    the tunnel was one of those experiences that you don’t know how amazing it is untill you grow older and really love the beauty of life.my mother,after coming out,had tears in her eyes,while my nephew was amazed,and said it was like a giant kelidescope.thank you for this bonding family experience

  26. Raul Rosenfeld
    Posted January 6, 2008 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    This is a one-way tunnel made of glass. One way you see light through colored glass that turns out in bright enchanting colors, and the other way you see dark ominous colors such as black and brown. If you are scared of heights than I strongly suggest that you either do not get on, or try not to look down because you are five floors up!!

  27. Ken
    Posted January 6, 2008 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    At first there’s just down and up and color, and then there’s through; through the jeweled belly of a dragon, or perhaps a crystaline dragonfly.

  28. bjoern
    Posted January 8, 2008 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    interessant

  29. Rachel
    Posted January 11, 2008 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    blue, sparkling, inspiring

  30. Posted January 25, 2008 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    i love this muesum it is the bomb

  31. clare
    Posted January 28, 2008 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    well when you look to the left it’s clear but when you look to the right it’s blurry and it’s colorful.

  32. olive
    Posted February 3, 2008 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    so beautiful.

  33. B.J. Yeager
    Posted February 5, 2008 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful experience to walk through this purple tunnel, beautiful colors & reflective surfaces, so much stimulating light.

  34. Brian W. Norby
    Posted February 5, 2008 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Brings the world of motion to mind…fixed yet fluid at the same time, with suggestions of difference and fragility. Looking back brings the past…darkness and vague. Looking forward brings the present…light and awareness.

  35. frances
    Posted February 21, 2008 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    entering another world…transcendent, beautiful, reflective, self-reflective, multi-colored and multilayered meanings to me. I flew my parents up from San Diego to enjoy this experience together…

  36. maria
    Posted February 23, 2008 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    i really enjoy my time here,it’s a great museum, it’s beautiful!! Great work!! Keep it up!! 😉

  37. miyuki
    Posted February 23, 2008 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    This tunnel is such amazing piece I ever experienced. All hiswork is very pure and simple.

  38. Posted February 24, 2008 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    it was very cool


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