Meet Your Maker

Olafur Eliasson works with light, mist and mirrors. But above all, he works with you Meet Your Maker

Markham Johnson for TIME

Artist Olafur Eliasson in front of his one way colour tunnel at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in September 2007.

Artists come to a career in art with all kinds of life experience on their résumés. Sometimes it's even pertinent. It makes perfect sense that Andy Warhol started out as an advertising illustrator. Or that the welded-steel sculptor David Smith spent time on an auto assembly line. With the Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, it's not so easy at first to connect what he does now—create works that invite you to play with fields of colored light or with lenses and mirrors or with your own understandings of how you see—with what he did as a teenager. What I'm talking about, of...

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