While traveling to Croatia this past summer, to a remote island (I'd rather keep it a secret for myself but I'll tell you anyways) called Lopud Island, my friend and I came upon an art installation. Within a garden, tucked in between olive trees, you have a pavilion designed by David Adjaye, housing Olafur Eliasson's Your Black Horizon exhibit.
Born in Copenhagen but of Icelandic heritage, Olafur Eliasson's artwork ranges from sculptures, architecture, set designs and art installations. He relies heavily on the elements of nature, often letting the sun, water, air or nature guide his projects. With his pieces of work scattered around all over the world, it was a pleasant surprise to our holiday to come across this gem.
We followed the long and tall corridor, with repetitive vertical beams letting in slivers of light from the outside, until we were greeted by the curators. They told us that if we waited around for another twenty minutes when the sun would be in the right place, the light shining in would create a beautiful geometric picture against the walls. And considering we still had to view the actual installation, it was an obvious choice to wait around.
We were taken to an entirely dark room - four black walls, with nothing but a thin horizontal line with a protruding light. In the span of fifteen minutes, the light would change colour, in accordance to the colour of the sky, mimicking the colours of a complete daily cycle. Pretty cool stuff.
Afterwards, we spoke again with the curators and discovered that originally this was created in 2005 on the island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni in Venice Italy, and was only moved to Lopud Island in 2007.
We sat in the heat of the Croatian sun a little longer and climbed the olive trees outside until the moment came for the sun's performance. Back inside, the sight was truly spectacular. What could have easily been an optical illusion was right in front of us, all thanks to the sun's cooperation.