Being that “Take Your Time” by Olafur Eliasson was scheduled to close yesterday (June 30th) I chose to make a special pilgrimage to see the PS1 part of the exhibition this past Friday.
Luckily the museum wasn’t crowded and I had the leisure to stroll from room to room observing both the work and the way that other visitors responded to it.
One of the aspects of art that I love (especially installation art) is the interactive possibility that it creates. Art doesn’t always hang on walls. Sometimes it breathes.
Olafur Eliasson has a skill to encompass a space, whether with light, reflection, or water. He invites people to reach out and experience the work that is put before them.
I was astonished by how many New Yorkers (and a few tourists as well) eagerly, laid down on the floor to stare up into their own reflection at the large rotating mirror in the first room of the gallery. Luckily, I took a few photos to document both the exhibition and my experience, and am sharing them here. Might I also add, that the first pic was taken at the basement level, in a a mixture of light and mist. To my utmost delight, two children were playing and I was fortunate to capture the composition above.