Conceived by Olafur Eliasson
In collaboration with Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary
Hosted by the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia VIVA ARTE VIVA
13 May – 26 November 2017
Green light is an act of welcoming, addressed both to those who have fled hardship and instability in their home countries and to the residents of the cities receiving them. Working together in a playful creative process, participants build a modular light and construct a communal environment in which difference is not only accepted but embraced. I hope Green light shines light on some of the challenges and responsibilities arising from the current refugee crisis in Europe and throughout the world.
– Olafur Eliasson
Green lights designed by Olafur Eliasson will be made during the Venice Biennale by around 60 refugees who live in and around Mestre on the mainland. Proceeds from the sale of the €300 lights, made from recycled materials during the artistic workshops—which involve language courses, film screenings and other activities—go towards supporting the project.