Olafur Eliasson
The cubic structural evolution project 2004
Olafur Eliasson
Danish 1967-
The cubic structural evolution project 2004
white plastic Lego blocks, wood, mirror
installed size variable
Queensland Art Gallery
Purchased 2005. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant
© Olafur Eliasson

The cubic structural evolution project 2004 is on loan from the Queensland Art Gallery.

Olafur Eliasson is a Danish contemporary artist who lives and works in Berlin. Concerned with the way we see the world, his photographs, sculptures and installations explore relationships between perception and reality, nature and technology, the individual and the environment. Inspired by the landscapes of his ancestral homeland Iceland, many of his installations incorporate natural phenomena such as ice, mist and light, often reconstructed artificially within a gallery environment.

The cubic structural evolution project 2004 is a spectacular installation that invites visitors to participate in the construction of a cityscape using thousands of pieces of Lego. For Eliasson, audience collaboration is of central importance. As he has stated, ‘I see that the person, when engaging in a project of mine, influences the meanings generated.’

Olafur Eliasson represented Denmark in the 2003 Venice Biennale and received widespread attention for his installation The Weather Project at Tate Modern, London in 2003-04.


02 Mar 200713 May 2007 NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road