Fat super star (2008-09)
Brass, color effect filter glass, mirror, halogen light fixture
39 3/8 inches by 39 3/8 inches by39 3/8 inches
Edition 2 of 10
Located in Owner's Club
Olafur Eliasson's Fat super star (2008 - 09) is the second of two pieces the Danish artist of Icelandic
heritage has installed at the stadium. Its partner, Moving stars takes time (2008) occupies the Southwest
Entry of the Main Concourse and consists of six circular components that slowly spin overhead, like an
elegant version of an astronomical model of the solar system. Fat super star also hangs from the ceiling,
but it inhabits a much smaller, more intimate entryway, where it stars in a show all its own.
As is always the case with Eliasson's contemplative art, the show is not an extravagant drama or eyegrabbing
spectacle. More like a whisper than a shout, it is a quiet reminder of the beauty of light, the
magic of happenstance, and the unforgettable resonance of some of life's most fleeting experiences.
Eliasson's star, wrapped in brass bands that suggest elliptical orbits, recalls holiday decorations, religious
symbols, children's toys, and the stars in the sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard. It also resembles a giant
jewel, with gorgeously cut facets reflecting every color of the spectrum. But rather than settling on any
one of these interpretations, Fat super star evokes a more expansive, even universal, experience. It does
not take a great leap of the imagination to see Eliasson's piece as a homemade rainbow. Ingeniously
crafted from tinted glass, mirrors, brass, and halogen light fixtures, it casts kaleidoscopic patterns
on the domed ceiling and shines soft beams of light on visitors, who then become part of the art.
Eliasson's star is a focal point that disperses attention around the room, inviting everyone to be attentive
to everything - and everyone-present.