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Ólafur Elíasson x BMW H2R

Ólafur Elíasson x BMW H2R

Born in 1967, Elíasson grew up in Iceland and Denmark, where he studied from 1989 to 1995 at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In 1995, he moved to Berlin and founded Studio Ólafur Elíasson, which today comprises a large team of craftsmen, architects, archivists, researchers, administrators, cooks, programmers, art historians, and specialised technicians.

Elíasson‟s predominantly sculptural, installative and photographic work is consistently devoted to the complex of topics pertaining to civilization/technology and nature.

The original BMW H2R prototype (@bmw)
Ólafur Elíasson (right) at the premiere in May 2008 (@BMW)

Ólafur Elíasson has removed the outer covering of the H2R prototype and replaced it with a complex skin of two reflecting layers of superimposed metal spanning the body of the car. This shape is covered with fragile layers of ice.

Thus, Elíasson transforms an object of advanced automobile technology and industrial design into a work of art reflecting themes of mobility, temporality, renewable energies and the relationship between car production and global warming in a quite poetic way.



Twelve-cylinder inline engine

Displacement: 6l

Power output: 285 bhp

Top speed: more than 300 km/h

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