By Olafur Eliasson
“Your reversed Berlin sphere” is an exemplary project by the critically acclaimed Danish-Icelandic artist that is composed of, among other materials, color-effect filter glass and a C-print. The latter depicts the city of Berlin as seen by the artist from his studio, and contains a circular form in the center of the image within which a smaller, spherical version of the same view is inverted. The inverted image completes the cityscape, which would, otherwise, be obstructed. Because of the former, yellows, blues, purples, pinks, and oranges are some of the colors that appear in the circular element as it transitions from color to color depending on factors such as time of day, lighting, and the position of a viewer. Variations in transparency are additionally produced, with the glass acting as a mirror, simultaneously allowing a viewer to see his or her own reflection at the same time as the image inside the circular form underneath the glass.