His artistic practice is elegant simplicity and lack of materiality, his installations are rooted in a belief that art can create a space sensitive to both individual and collective. Probing the cognitive aspects of what it means to see, Eliasson creates complex optical phenomena using simple, makeshift technical devices: colored bulbs bathe a room in yellow light, turning everything inside monochrome; strobes illuminate a thin curtain of falling water, causing the eye to "freeze" the droplets in midair... By making visible the mechanics of his works and laying bare the artifice of the illusion, Eliasson points to the elliptical relationship between reality, perception, and representation.
“It is not just about decorating the world… but about taking responsibility."—Olafur Eliasson.
As a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts, from 2009 to 2014, Olafur Eliasson founded the Institute for Spatial Experiments (Institut für Raumexperimente, IfREX), which opened within his studio building in April 2009. A vastly exhibited artist, Eliasson´s work is held in the following permanent collections: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, in New York, Centre for International Light Art (CILA), in Unna, Germany, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, in Los Angeles. An artist that rarely appears to be offered at auction, his public sale record was set for his sculptural work "Fivefold eye", created in 2000, which was sold for over $1,5 million at Christie´s auction house in London in October 2007.