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Inside Olafur Eliasson's studio

March 22, 2011 - 4:17pm -- Carol Diehl

I recently received these photos from Guðmundur Oddur Magnússon, who took them while visiting Einar Thorsteinn in Olafur Eliasson’s Berlin studio. Readers of this blog will remember that Einar is an architect, mathematician, and visionary, a protégée of Buckminster Fuller, who collaborates with Olafur on his geometric constructions and the Model Room, which has been exhibited widely (see labels below).  amazing photographs of the Icelandic volcanic eruption I posted at the time.


thank you for posting these photos & info Carol! i am a fellow artist, fascinated by the work & ideas of Eliasson, Fuller, and now (thanks to your blog) Magnusson and Thorsteinn. i absolutely love these pics of the models -- my favorite part of the SFMOMA exhibit of Eliasson was the room full of small-scale models. like sketchbook sketches come to life! good luck on the film, and can't wait to (hopefully) see it!

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I did delete a comment--now, two, from the same person, who said that I could dish it out but not take it.

Regular readers of my writing will know that I NEVER make personal comments, never characterize anyone negatively. It's important to me to separate the person from the work, and that any negative comments or criticisms I make are ONLY about the work, with appropriate explanation as to why, and hopefully helpful.

I welcome divergent ideas--that's what dialogue is all about.

On the other hand it it IS my blog, and I therefore reserve the right to delete mean-spirited, personally-directed comments as I see fit.

I am also pleased to note that in four years of writing in this public space, this is the first time I have had to do so.

The difference is that I’m willing to put my name on my opinions, where you are not. Anonymity brings easy courage. Therefore, like other blogs, I will enable comment moderation. I will post comments by anyone who presents with a Google-able name, but among those that are anonymous, reserve the right to choose the ones that contribute intelligently to the conversation.

Carol, what a pity this beautful post had to be de-railed by trolls. I like "Art Vent" precisely because my opinion does not always coincide, but the writing is good and the viewpoints so personal, it's hard not to take a closer look. I was not a particular fan of Eliasson until you began posting all kinds of treasures I would not have seen elsewhere. Thank you for this.

Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the pressure of so many personalities elbowing their way through the internet, but the positives outweigh. Anonymous ad hominem spewing unfortunately is part of the package. The people who do this, previously had no such easy outlet; alas, it's the price we pay and a reminder that malcontents never sleep. Comment moderation is a bit of a nuisance, but it's there for a reason.

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