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On the Swedish coast near Malmö, The movement meter for Lernacken greets drivers heading north across the Øresund Bridge from Denmark. The artwork consists of a cylindrical tower over twelve and a half metres in height and a smaller pavilion several hundred metres away.
The tower is formed from two sets of curving steel tubes, one thicker than the other, which form a latticework. At night, a spotlight shines through bands of coloured glass mounted at the top. As cars approach, their perspective on the tower changes; the light appears to move through the different bands of glass, producing a spectral light show for each driver or passenger.
Accessible only on foot or by bicycle, the lower-lying pavilion invites visitors to experience it at a slower pace. Six free-standing steel latticework walls curve outwards from an empty centre like the arms of a hurricane or spiral galaxy. Mirrors and panes of coloured glass inset into the steel walls catch the rays of sun and cast variegated patches of light and shadow onto the surroundings.
The movement meter for Lernacken is the first of Eliasson’s works to combine colour, reflection, artificial and natural light, geometry, movement, and landscape in one artwork.