Press releaseDornbirn, July 2011A rainbow over AarhusZumtobel luminaires illuminate Olafur Eliasson‘s “Your rainbow panorama”
Can you really walk through a rainbow? Yes, stalled at a height of 50 metres has a diameternow you can: in Aarhus, Denmark, on top of of 52 metres, a width of three meters and reststhe roof of the Danish Art Museum ARoS, to on slim columns three and a half metres abovebe precise, where renowned artist Olafur Elias- the rooftop of the museum. Visitors inside “Yourson has implemented a spectacular installati- rainbow panorama” enjoy a unique panoramicon: a 150-metre circular walkway titled “Your view over Aarhus through the glass walls. Eachrainbow panorama”. Visitors to the rainbow ring of the coloured glass panels had to be speci-located at a height of 50 metres can enjoy a fically made for this purpose, since a specialbreath-taking 360° view of the harbour town. curvature was required to achieve the circularThe daylight filtering through the curved glass path. These panels are the only load-bearingwalls in all colours of the spectrum, each of structures that support the roof. By day, it isthem specifically made for this purpose, cre- natural sunlight that is filtered through the lami-ates the impression of being inside a rainbow. nated glass, making the entire installation seemFor the installation to be visible also at night, to glow in the colours of the rainbow. At duskEliasson relied on Zumtobel, his long-term part- and at night, daylight is replaced by 116 specialner in lighting: from dusk till dawn, a specially recessed uplights provided by Zumtobel.developed lighting solution incorporating 116recessed uplights installed along the inner pe- In order to achieve the same effect as by day,riphery of the ring transforms the white ceiling all the luminaires had to be concealed. Theinto a source of light, so that the panoramic lighting solution expert solved this problem bywalkway appears like a rainbow hovering abo- using a specially developed indirect lightingve the museum. system: T16 uplights were installed along the inner perimeter of the walkway. The special lu-This is how Olafur Eliasson describes his design minaires have been recessed into the edges ofconcept: “Your rainbow panorama enters into a the floor below a walkable anti-glare louvre. Thedialogue with the existing architecture and re- reflectors and materials used for the luminairesinforces what is assured beforehand, that is to were specially optimised for this project, sosay the view of the city. I have created a space that the entire ceiling surface is symmetricallywhich virtually erases the boundaries between illuminated. Thus, the ceiling of the panoramicinside and outside – where people become a walkway becomes a virtual source of light thatlittle uncertain as to whether they have stepped makes the coloured glass panels seem to glowinto a work or into a part of the museum. This against a light background, while visitors areuncertainty is important to me, as it encourages still able to enjoy the view from inside.people to think and sense beyond the limitswithin which they are accustomed to moving.” Dr. Harald Sommerer, CEO of the Zumtobel brand, sums up: “Projects of this kind allow us“Your rainbow panorama” is the last puzzle pi- to provide evidence of our excellence in profes-ece of the ARoS Art Museum, which had been sionally illuminating objects of art and culture.completed in 2004. The cube-shaped, nine- We are pleased that we were able to provide astorey museum building boasting a glass front lighting concept that makes Olafur Eliasson‘sand a spaciously designed museum street in- panoramic walkway glow amazingly in the dark,side seems to be the perfect location for the ensuring that visitors will have an unique archi-rainbow installation. The circular walkway in- tectural lighting experience.”
B1 I The panoramic walkway “Your rainbow panorama” with coloured glass walls is illuminated by a specialsolution provided by lighting solution expert Zumtobel.B2 I Special uplights recessed into the floor make the unique installation glow in all colours of the spectrum– just like a real rainbow. For this purpose, the ceiling is symmetrically illuminated, so that the coloured glasspanels seem to radiate colours from inside.