Ola­fur Elias­son

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Q. Do ar­chi­tec­ture and cre­ativ­ity have a re­la­tion­ship? A. I think that art and cre­ativ­ity have lots to say to other dis­ci­plines. Artis­tic think­ing is based on the idea that re­al­ity can change and that my acts can mod­ify the world. So art is leav­ing be­hind the en­ter­tain­ment world and is en­ter­ing pol­i­tics and those places where in­equal­ity is greater. Q. How im­por­tant is ge­om­e­try in your work? A. I’m fas­ci­nated by spheres and round ob­jects, which for me have an al­most cos­mic di­men­sion. My first works were poly­he­drons, which I learned to ap­pre­ci­ate from the Ice­landic sur­veyor Ei­nar Thorsteinn. Q. Last ques­tion: who is Ola­fur? A. My dad was an artist, but also a cook on a fish­ing boat. I grew up with his works and many art books. My first ap­proach to art was with break­dance, when I was 10. It made me aware of the ef­fects dance has on the body as well as space. As said to Wal­ter Mar­i­otti

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