Olafur ELIASSON, Yellow Fog (2008). Verbund Building, Am Hof. Vienna (Austria)
Yellow fog by the Danish artist Olafur Eliasson can now be seen as a permanent work of art in the public space in Vienna. (It was first shown in New York in 1998).
The location for the intervention is the Verbund building and the historic plaza Am Hof.
Along the 48 meters long façade the intervention Yellow fog is activated every day for one hour at dusk in public space. A grid is embedded in the pavement along the Verbund Headquarters' facade, under which 32 fluorescent tubes are installed. This source of light was chosen because it gives off a homogenous, rather than a spot light. After dusk begins to fall, for about 40 seconds, fog rises up the façade in yellow light. In three-minute intervals the process is repeated, shrouding the building in an ephemeral veil.
The fog serves as a fleeting projection screen for the light. It not only obscures the view of space, but can also create a more precise experience of distance and spatial relations.
Olafur Eliasson, Yellow fog, 1998/2008
Curator: Gabriele Schor, director of the Sammlung Verbund.
Am Hof 6a A-1010 Wien (Austria)
Copyright Olafur Eliasson / Sammlung Verbund, Vienna
Photo: Sammlung Verbund / Rupert Steiner
Am Hof 6a
A-1010 Wien (Austria)