Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson / Denmark, b.1967 / The cubic structural evolution project 2004 / ABS plastic / Purchased 2005. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / QAGOMA Photography / © The artist

Olafur Eliasson's The cubic structural evolution project is an interactive work in which the audience participates in the construction of a cityscape using white Lego blocks. We are invited to play and, more seriously, we are reminded of the many decisions which contribute to the formation of a city, and our own potential role in this process. The work is intended to 'evolve' endlessly, the structures which emerge in the making, are also de-constructed as the total project transforms day-to-day. The work should never achieve a static, 'finished' condition. Eliasson states:

. . . my works in general discuss the notion of a reality being constructed, that ideas such as 'nature' or 'science' are models for how we perceive reality. So the notions of 'construction' and 'models' are very present in all my work. I have always put an effort into exposing the way my work has been constructed, so as to suggest that there are not any universal values connected to human experience. Actually I would argue that there is no 'nature' but only 'culture' and that as we experience so called 'nature' we also cultivate or constitute it.