Courtesy of the artist and The Art Space 193

Olafur Eliasson’s spellbinding installation The Living Observatory, hosted at The Art Space 193 in Daejeon, immerses visitors inside geometric shapes and colours.

Unfolding over three rooms, the intervention recreates a colour spectrum as visitors peer down brightly coloured corridors that shift from deep magenta into acid yellow while its geodesic dome is panelled in rainbow-tinted glass. Views over the South Korean city of Daejeon – the fifth largest in the country – come as an added bonus.

Olafur Eliasson's Living Observatory at The Art Space 193
Courtesy of the artist and The Art Space 193

Eliasson has used a CMYK palette for the artwork, dividing each of its six sections into a different colour. Visual illusions are created with the use of camera obscuras, trompe l’oeil and anamorphosis, with artworks appearing to change as visitors get closer.

The Living Observatory can also be enjoyed from outside the building, where its four colour fields spill out through illuminated windows transforming the space into a ‘lighthouse’.

3-1 Doryong-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, South Korea

Courtesy of the artist and The Art Space 193
Olafur Eliasson’s geodesic dome structure explores the full range of the colour specrum.
Courtesy of the artist and The Art Space 193
Olafur Eliasson's Living Observatory includes a rainbow tinted geodesic dome
Courtesy of the artist and The Art Space 193

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