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Posted by Lighting Design International on 21 Jan 2015

I recently visited Aros museum in Aarhus,  Denmark. I was surprised to discover that Danish architect Schmidt Hammer Lassen was inspired by Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy during the designing of this museum. The grand spiral staircase ges around the museum's nine levels and guides the visitors through a journey along the Danish "Golden Age", Danish Modernism and Contemporary Art.

Photo from courtesy of Studio Olafur Eliasson.

For me, the most interesting part of this museum was visiting The 9 Rooms. Located at the basement level, these nine areas are specially designed for light and video exhibitions. In Milkrun lll the room is filled with a red light fractured by a blue and yellow light.  As seen in other of his works, James Turrell plays with our perception of perspective and orientation.

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Olafur Eliasson’s Your Atmospheric colour Atlas was my favourite installation. The room ceiling is covered with a grid of colourful fluorescent lights. At each boundary two colours blend and create a transitional effect through all the colour spectrum. A zone of white light appears in the centre of the room where all the colours meet. It was an amazing experience to be inside this room and see how the colours blended. At the same time, the fog made it difficult to orientate and find the way around.

Aros museum is most known by its circular roof, an installation by Olafur Eliasson named Your Rainbow Panorama. This circular skywalk has windows in all the colours of the rainbow. As I walked around, I could see the city of Aarhus through different hues. It is a really interesting installation that reveals a different view of the city depending on where you are standing. 

I really enjoyed my visit to Aros museum and would recommend you to go whenever you are in Denmark!