Olafur Eliasson’s “Ventilator” Returns to MoMA

September 5th, 2013

Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson is preparing to bring his work Ventilator, which premiered at MoMA in 2008, back to the museum this year.  Consisting of a simplistic fan, a cable and the air of the space, the fan moves in haphazard, circular patterns above the room, illustrating the air currents and forces at play in seemingly empty space.  “I think that Ventilator is captivating to look at, but you also start to wonder what on Earth makes it fly,” Eliasson says. “When we walk into a space, we tend to look at the walls and the floor as solids, and everything between as somehow not there. We know very well that air is thick enough for a jumbo jet to take off and float on it. There is something there, conceptually, to solidify.”Read more at The Wall Street Journal