“Your Rainbow” Panorama by Olafur Eliasson, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark

How simple does this installation look? It’s quite large and a lot of spirit and thought would have gone into its creation and execution.  “Your rainbow” panorama was officially opened in May 2011. It is a permanent work of art consisting of a circular, 150-metre-long and three metre-wide circular walkway in glass in all the colours of the spectrum. Mounted on slender columns 3.5 metres above the roof and with a diameter of 52 metres, this spectacular creation extends from one edge to the other of the facade of the cubic museum building.


There are both stairs and elevator to provide visitors to the museum with access to “Your rainbow panorama”. Then they can stroll through the circular, panoramic walkway providing a fantastic view of the city and the bay, a view in all the colours of the rainbow. A unique recreational area and a viewing platform for visitors to the museum some fifty metres about street level.  There is full access to both the roof terrace and to Olafur Eliasson’s creation.

The following words are taken from the artist Olafur Eliasson’s own description of his work:

“Your rainbow panorama” establishes a dialogue with the existing architecture and reinforces what was already there, that is to say the view across the city. I have created a space that can almost be said to erase the boundary between inside and outside – a place where you become a little uncertain as to whether you have stepped into a work of art or into part of the museum. This uncertainty is important to me, as it encourages people to think and sense beyond the limits within which they are accustomed to function.” 

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The artist has definitely created a warm and inviting space. This special space with its rainbow colours gives you a feeling of being enveloped in a warm and cosy hug. Something that transcends the here and now and transports you to another place, that place being in an embrace with Jesus. Of course, each to their own, but it gives a soft and warm feeling and one that feels safe, safe in the arms of Jesus.

It does capture the spirit of the artist, by creating this sacred space, he quotes… “that it  can almost be said to erase the boundary between inside and outside”, something bigger than itself and its boundaries.

This can be anything you wanted it to be and it certainly is unique and a wonderful piece of modern art, where the senses are stimulated and with the colours of the rainbow you know you are in heaven because God gave us the rainbow with the story of Noah’s Arc.- in Genesis 9: 16 “When the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between me and all living beings on earth. 17 That is the sign of the promise which I am making to all living beings.”  


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