The Municipality of Rotterdam and the Centre for Visual Arts (CBK) Rotterdam, together with the De Bruin Commission have announced that the Station Square at Rotterdam Centraal is to get a new artwork. The specially convened De Bruin Commission has selected the design, Kissing Earth, by Danish/Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. His sketch consists of two globes that come into contact at the point of the Rotterdam site.
Eliasson is honoured that his proposal has been selected: "I'm very excited to be making a work for the Centraal Station in Rotterdam. I see the square in front of the Centraal Station as a perfect location to investigate what it means to share space. My work, Kissing Earth, integrates the movements and activity on the square in front of Rotterdam Centraal Station – the way the traffic flows and the people move – to create a dynamic experience of shared public space. It asks: How can we build a relationship between our local environments and abstract global issues?"
Eliasson’s large-scale installations, which recontextualize natural phenomena, have been exhibited in museums and public spaces all over the world. In 2003, Eliasson represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale and later that year he installed The weather project in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, London.
A special commission, established in 2013 by the former Alderman for Art and Culture, selected Eliasson's proposal. The committee unanimously agreed with De Bruin's proposal of Eliasson. Eliasson is now given the task of realising the sketch into a final design.
Cees de Bruin: "Eliasson's work has international standing and will be a prominent addition to Rotterdam's unique collection of international sculpture.”
As an expert in the field of art in public space, CBK Rotterdam takes a coordinating role in the production itself. Kissing Earth is scheduled for completion in autumn 2015.
King Willem Alexander officially opened Rotterdam Centraal Station on 13 March 2014. With 110,000 people passing through daily, Rotterdam Centraal handles as many passengers as Schiphol Airport.
About Olafur Eliasson
Olafur Eliasson (IS/DK), born 1967, is an artist living and working in Copenhagen and Berlin. His work spans from installation and sculpture to photography and film. Established in 1995, his Berlin studio consists of about seventy craftsmen, architects, and art historians.