Why do you work with a large team rather than alone?

Olafur Eliasson: "It's great—I appreciate the diversity, and we have a lot of fun. It's about sharing responsibility and having other people inspire me. Actually, it's easier for me to think about a specific question when I'm with other people. The thing or idea we discuss take on a different meaning when we're together; it becomes more tangible and situated in time—our time. My studio in Berlin functions like a little entity, almost a little city. I have about thirty people from a lot of different countries working with me, some are architects, some art historians, and others work in the workshop. When they enter the studio in the morning, they bring with them a part of the city outside—Berlin. So they link the studio practice to the life outside. This is one way of insisting that artistic experimentation is about reality; it isn't separated from everyday life."


The team at Studio Olafur Eliasson The studio as a model of reality