Olafur Eliasson's "Atmospheric Wave Wall"

olafur eliasson, atmospheric wave wall, willis tower
Another outing in the snow. And another piece of great Chicago public art, the relatively new Olafur Eliasson’s Atmospheric Wave Wall at the Willis Tower.
After last Monday’s blizzard, we had a bright sunny morning. Taking advantage of that light, I thought I’d make some snowy images of this fun new sculptural wall. Inspired by waves and motion of lake Michigan and the Chicago River, I tried to draw out that influence through the images.
olafur eliasson, atmospheric wave wall, willis tower
Within those details, I wanted to incorporate the snow a bit.
olafur eliasson, atmospheric wave wall, willis tower
olafur eliasson, atmospheric wave wall, willis tower
olafur eliasson, atmospheric wave wall, willis tower
olafur eliasson, atmospheric wave wall, willis tower
And a few wider shots…
olafur eliasson, atmospheric wave wall, willis tower
The wall can feel both disorderly and orderly at the same time. Which makes sense given Oliasson developed this pattern based on Penrose tiling. An approach discovered by mathematician and physicist Sir Roger Penrose in the 1970s, which produces a system of non-periodic tiling that is based on five-fold symmetry.
You can see it from the wider shots but in the details the focus can be on just one section, creating even greater order out of the space. Especially when utilizing symmetry.
olafur eliasson, atmospheric wave wall, willis tower
olafur eliasson, atmospheric wave wall, willis tower
olafur eliasson, atmospheric wave wall, willis tower

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