Clarity, Light, and Logic : Parallels between Olafur Eliasson’s The weather project and the Gothic Cathedral
Date of Award
Masterʼs Research Paper
Art & Art History
Cathedrals, Ólafur Elíasson, |d1967- -- Criticism and interpretation, Decorative arts, Architecture, Gothic.
This Master’s Research Paper investigates Olafur Eliasson’s The weather project as a case study for the dialogue between Gothic artistic principles and prominent elements of contemporary art. A product of a post-modern mindset, weakened historicity allows us to examine these connections anew; past, present, and future blur and artists (and viewers) have the whole of time from which to gain inspiration and meaning in works of art. I demonstrate similarities through theories on phenomenology; the spatiotemporal relationship between viewer and artwork; the convergence of art and science; and the communal, quasi-liminal experience of pilgrimage. I embrace Eliasson’s belief in the self-reflexive potential of art and the importance of the viewer’s own values, memories, and methods of seeing. This new interpretive layer will hopefully offer a richer experience for future participants of both Gothic cathedrals and environments produced by Studio Olafur Eliasson.
Gustave, Lindsay Smith, "Clarity, Light, and Logic : Parallels between Olafur Eliasson’s The weather project and the Gothic Cathedral" (2014). Master's Research Papers. 319.