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Ólafur Eliasson named UN Development Program’s Goodwill Ambassador

Congratulations, Ólafur!

The United Nations just announced that the Danish-Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson has been named a Goodwill Ambassador for its Development Program. In this role, Ólafur Elíasson will be charged with advocating for urgent climate action by helping the UNDP to “raise awareness and mobilize support” through various projects. The position is a new one at the UN.

Ólafur designed the south glass facade at Harpa and developed the principle for the remaining north/east/west facades and roof in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects and Batteríið Architects. Elíasson deploys light, colour and natural phenomena to test how physical movement, sensual engagement, and the interaction of body and brain influence our perception of our surroundings.

Ólafur is widely known for his environmentalist-minded work, which is currently being surveyed at Tate Modern in London and will be exhibited there until January 5, 2020.