Olafur Eliasson . Material is Movement . 2012


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Material is Movement

Olafur Eliasson .
Dnepropetrovsk Sunrise - Material is Movement


Place: Interpipe Steel mill, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine

Date: October 2012

Artist: Olafur Eliasson

Client: Studio Olafur Eliasson



Production of an artwork by Olafur Eliasson, conceived for the steel mill in Dnepropetrovsk of the company Interpipe. The installation “Material is movement” is part of Eliasson’s project “Dnepropetrovsk Sunrise” which consists of several artworks installed inside and outside the steel mill.

“Material is movement” is installed in the main hall of the factory, and comprises one circular and four elliptical discs made of reflective yellow glass. Lights, installed in the gap between the discs and the wall, create a soft glow around the circumferences of the discs. The disks of big dimensions progress from the upper circle-shaped mirror to ever more elongated ellipses (length axis up to 20 m), producing the impression of a disc becoming foreshortened as it spins in the space.




total height 35 m, width 20 m, weight 20 t

4 elliptic mirrors, 1 circular mirror: ca. 20 x 1,20 m; ca. 13 x 2,20 m; ca. 9 x 3,20 m;

ca. 6,50 x 4,30 m; ca. 5,40 m



aluminium, glass           

4 elliptic mirrors, 1 circular mirror





welded riveted aluminium substructure

light electronic system

on-site installation