3rd January 2004
Bankside, London SE1 9TG
As we’ve already noted, Ólafur Elíasson’s Turbine Hall installation ‘Weather Project‘ (& no, not that Weather Project) at Tate Modern is (still) consistently cited as the most inspiring use of the space, and it’s no surprise that, on this chilly January afternoon, the psychological warmth it’s providing is a major draw.
Elíasson specialises in atmospheric site-specific statements like this, and it’s not the only time he’s used misty clouds to great effect, although Antony Gormley could argue he got there first with the fog idea, not that that’s preventing other artists from using the medium as well (there’s even a go-to company you can approach for all of your foggy needs). Meanwhile, other atmospheric effects are also available.
In 2015 Hyandai took over the sponsorship dibs from Unilever for the next batch of commissions, with SUPERFLEX’s swings so far being the most successful at bumping the attendance figures, despite plenty of lofty tutting.
And they’re hardly likely to inspire Richard Thomson to write a song about them, are they? [yes, I know…]