GREEN LIGHT – OLAFUR ELIASSON AT TBA21
The Green Light – Olafur Eliasson project at TBA21 invites you to become a hands-on man/woman . Either you build your own green light from scratch including 3d printed pieces or you interact with the workshop part of it by getting involved with the 40 refugees ‘working’ there. Either way you’ll experience art in a completely new way!
What makes the TBA21 by Francesca Habsburg so special, is that the whole concept is about getting in touch with people, that are not per se interested in art, while keeping it’s very thoughtful approach. It’s all about interaction and stretching the boundaries of art. There is no entrance fee and the adjacent park invites people to linger around and to feel invited by the art pieces that also secretly escaped the art space and now populate the outdoor areas as well.
I was invited to experience this art project with a group of Instagramers and photographers (including Michael Pruegl who made some of the pics here) and was very intrigued by the concept. The TBA21 is a location I visit on a regular basis, because not only is it a hidden treasure in the Augarten with very inspiring exhibits, but it also has a very decent café (‘Die Au’) with a delicious brunch offering next to it ;-)
What I appreciate a lot about Olafur Eliasson’s art is that he never just produces pieces, but he includes the process and a true storyline about the emergence of art into his exhibits. It’s always a little bit more than just art – it’s rather storytelling in it’s purest form. In this case the ‘Green Light’ has a lot of meanings – it’s all about opening doors for refugees and giving them a purpose aside from paid labor, which they are not granted to.
Green Light is also all about Recycling
The green parts of the Green Light – Olafur Eliasson design are made of recycled yoghurt cups, that are used as granulate for the 3d printers and the threads inside are made of repurposed plastic bags. You can purchase one of the lights for your home for a donation of 250 Euros, which is used to fund the project. Aside from working on reproducing the lights, the refugees also participate in German language courses and cook together, etc.
More info About the Green Light – Olafur Eliasson atristic workshop:
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