Rant of the day:
Though I am generally a fan of Olafur Eliasson’s work, this is why I am always suspicious of large-scale installations “about” the environment, our perceptions of or impacts upon, whatever:
gothamist.com (with links to larger article)
As a matter of fact, I will go so far as to say I have no need for installations that needlessly use large amounts of packing tape, plywood, acrylic resins, or other toxic materials in the name of environmental awareness. I don’t care how cool it looks, or if one could argue that in a world of waste, artistic residue is a very minor factor. Live what you preach, baby.
I knew from the moment I saw the NY waterfall constructions that there was no way environmental impact had been accounted for. Jesus, people, wake up. Not to mention, ala emperor’s new clothes, that given the “grand” scale of these works, they were a terrific disappointment.