Andreas Roepstorff

Andreas Roepstorff, professor, Aarhus University.

When I’m inside the rainbow, I think the most interesting thing is the reflections that occur.

Olafur Eliasson: Your rainbow panorama, 2011.

"I love the rainbow most of all when it’s seen from down by the river, looking up. Then you see all the people looking out through the rainbow and feel a connection with them. The title of the work is not My rainbow panorama, but Your rainbow panorama. I like that little shift. It’s about your view of the world.

When I’m inside the rainbow, I think the most interesting thing is the reflections that occur. Most of all, I like to stand still and look along the inner curve, because you get this reflection of the city in different ways depending on the light. For me, you don’t get the same experience of the rainbow when you’re walking.

It’s also great to just stand there looking out. Aarhus opens up before you. The familiar landscape stands out, becoming hyper-real and much clearer because the colours are different. When you’re looking out at the city through one of the coloured panes, you find that after a while you can no longer see the colour. It disappears. Right up until you look to one side. Then you see the colour again."

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