Olafur Eliasson takes over the Palace of Versailles

Words by Carla Ingrasciotta
June 7, 2016

The Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has transformed the palace of Versailles outside Paris with a series of dramatic installations, from a waterfall in the chateau’s Grand Canal to a veil of fine fog in the Bosquet de l’Etoile grove in the palace gardens. The exhibition of works dotted around the grounds and famous salons of the 17th-century chateau opens to the public tomorrow (7 June).

The waterfall, located behind the Fountain of Apollo, cascades from a height of around 40 metres according to the French newspaper Le Figaro. On his Instagram page, Eliasson writes that Louis XIV’s garden architect, André Le Nôtre, had planned a grand waterfall for Versailles, which was never realised.
A series of mirror and light works are on show in rooms such as the Hall of Mirrors (Your Sense of Unity) and Salon de l’œil de Bœuf (Deep Mirror Yellow/Deep Mirror Black).

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