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Saltwater-drawing observatory, 2023
small spatial experiments
The device on view in this pavilion is a drawing machine, similar to experiments that Eliasson first began developing in the nineteen-nineties in collaboration with his father, Elias Hjörleifsson. Two circular canvases – one white and the other black – turn slowly on motors as water, mixed with black and white pigments respectively, drips down onto the spinning surfaces. The wind causes the drawing utensil to move across the surface of the turning page, leaving undulating marks as it does so. The drawings, portraits of the weather conditions at the location, are periodically removed and displayed, first inside the pavilion and later at the National Museum of Qatar.
|Galvanized steel, textile (beige, anthracite), solar lamp, solar panel, batteries, stainless steel, aluminium, paint (anthracite), motor, plastic, wood, canvases (black, white), pigmented saltwater (white and black acrylic ink)|