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Located in the pedestrian zone of Hamburg’s old city centre, these two sculptural interventions can be seen from afar above the heads of the crowd. They appear from the outside to be solid, obelisk-like monuments. Up close, they are in fact simple kaleidoscopes, formed by tapered abutting mirrors. Elevated above the crowd on stands, they are open at the top to reveal fragments of the sky. Viewers can stand beneath them and look up at the infinite reflections inside. Eliasson compares them to pavilions that offer a contemplative moment to escape from the busy surroundings and the horizontal perspective that dominates the contemporary consumer environment of the city. The title, which translates to ‘society mirror’, suggests that these infinite perspectives reflect the pluralistic society in Hamburg today.

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Steel, brass, glass mirror