Olafur Eliasson’s ‘Room for one colour’ | Monochrome: Painting in Black and White

Olafur Eliasson’s ‘Room for one colour’ | Monochrome: Painting in Black and White


Walking into a black and white movie but with orange light.. Yeah, it was incredible. I just found myself in a black and white world, anything could’ve happened because it was not real. When I first went into the Eliasson room, I didn’t really know what to expect. You are literally just drained of all colour as soon as you go in there but then it’s so bright and orange and vibrant. You kind of see in hyper vision. It feels like you can see in so much detail. It’s like having, just ten times the detail. As you came into the room, it was such a shock. Everything was completely different. You see the world in a different way. “Oh what’s going on? What is all this?” It completely messes with your head. You don’t look like you usually look. So you try to find colour even though you know that you can’t see it. But it makes you appreciate colour in a strange sort of way. One simple idea of draining out colour can reflect almost any culture. Really impressive, not like anything I’ve seen in the National Gallery before so, yeah, highly recommend it. There’s something for everyone. You have to go. Like, go. Just go.

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