Olafur Eliasson, (b. 1967, Copenhagen) currently lives and is based in Berlin. Eliasson’s influence comes from the Icelandic landscapes which he grew up in. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and went on to establish the Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin, a laboratory for spatial research. Elilasson was awarded the Prince Eugen Medal for Sculpture and the Crown Prince Couple’s Culture Prize as well as the first Joan Miró prize by the Joan Miró Foundation.
"The brush or the pencil: they’re just tools. The playing, the fooling around; you need to step out of the macho-driven goal-orientated brutality of today’s success criteria. You need to be confident of the step you are taking, not of where it will take you because the moment you put the pencil to paper is the moment when you change the world."