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Olafur Eliasson – In Real Life review, Tate Modern: grand ambition, little substance

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 Your spiral view 2002
 Your spiral view 2002 Credit: © 2002 Olafur Eliasson

When I heard that Olafur Eliasson had created four waterfalls as a public artwork on New York’s East River in 2008, I assumed, not unreasonably, that the Danish-Icelandic artist had somehow bent the force of this tributary of the mighty Hudson to his will, and produced actual waterfalls. 

This, after all, is the man who famously made the sun come out in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall – with his now iconic 2003 work The Weather Project; whose 120-strong Berlin studio includes teams of architects, art historians, designers and filmmakers, and whose statements on issues such as climate change and the migrant crisis read more like high-level governmental missives than the utterances of a mere artist....

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