The Art Program At AT&T Stadium


Olafur Eliasson
Moving stars takes time (2008)

Stainless steel, polished stainless steel, glass mirror, color effect filter glass, color foil, powder-coated steel, steel cable
Dimensions variable
Located in Main Concourse, SW Entry

The rapid pace of modern life is often driven by the sense that we need to know what is going on in the blink of an eye.

Olafur Eliasson's Moving stars takes time (2008) goes out of its way to frustrate this desire. As a sculpture, it looks incomplete, more like a finely designed and beautifully polished model of some of the planets and moons in our solar system than a typical mobile, whose elements would counter-balance one another in a more resolved fashion. It is also different from conventional sculptures because its six components refuse to command the space they occupy with the authority common to more massive works.

None of this is accidental. Eliasson's purpose in making Moving stars takes time is to get viewers to slow down for a moment, to take a brief break from the relentless rush of modern life and to stop behaving as if it is absolutely essential that we know what something means the split-second we see it. Taking one's time is the best method for more nuanced activities, like understanding the complexities of science, comprehending the beauty of art, and savoring the ambiguity of both. Being comfortable with uncertainty is the first step in a process that takes time. It requires viewer participation and leads to thinking outside the box. Eliasson's art calls us to contemplate our place in the universe, where there is plenty of room for mystery, for wonder, and for much, much more than we can understand.



Olafur Eliasson
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.

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