Green Light

Olafur Eliasson invites refugees and asylum seekers to craft lighting designs at The Moody Center for the Arts

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Olafur Eliasson invites refugees and asylum seekers to craft lighting designs at The Moody Center for the Arts. (Courtesy Maria Del Pilar Garcia Ayensa / Studio Olafur Eliasson)
Olafur Eliasson invites refugees and asylum seekers to craft lighting designs at The Moody Center for the Arts. (Courtesy Maria Del Pilar Garcia Ayensa / Studio Olafur Eliasson)

The Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University opened in Houston to much fanfare with exhibitions by practitioners including Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and Japanese collective teamLab to kick off its first season. Green light – An artistic workshop is the brainchild of Eliasson in collaboration with the Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) of Vienna. In its first trip to the U.S., the workshop aims to give refugees and asylum seekers a “green light” to participate in a variety of programs to elicit creativity and community. The workshop invites participants to construct modular green lamps designed by Eliasson out of recycled materials, which can stand alone as singular units or be stacked into more complex constructions. The hope for the work is to create an environment where communities can collide and create together in a playful and collaborative environment. “Green light is an act of welcoming, addressed both to those who have fled hardship and instability in their home countries and to the residents of the cities receiving them,” said Eliasson in a statement. “I hope Green light shines light on some of the challenges and responsibilities arising from the current refugee crisis in Europe and throughout the world.”

Green light – An artistic workshop
The Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University
6100 Main Street, Houston
Through May 6, 2017

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