Olafur Eliasson in front of one of the New York City Waterfalls. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images North America. Courtesy of zimbio.
Saying that Eliasson is an installation artist only touches on the most trivial facet of his artwork. I think that Peter Schjeldahl, in his piece about Take Your Time for The New Yorker, explains it best when he says:
Olafur Eliasson, the Danish-Icelandic inventor and engineer of minimalist spectacle, is so much better than anyone else in today’s ranks of crowd-pleasing installational artists that there should be a nice, clean, special word other than "art" for what he does, to set him apart. There won’t be. "Art" has become the promiscuous catchall for anything artificial that meets no practical need but which we like, or are presumed or supposed to like.Playing with light and space, Eliasson creates immersive environments and complex optical phenomena using simple, makeshift devices. His work is so engaging precisely because of the sense of participation that it requires of the person experiencing it, making people question not only what is right before their eyes, but the entire nature of how we perceive and live within the world. Eliasson's works are at once art installations and social experience, an unusual yet incredibly intriguing prospect. For the rest of the month of July, I'm going to focus on Eliasson's body of work to date. Because Take Your Time was a retrospective, it's the perfect jumping-off point to discuss Eliasson's career, which I'll do over the course of the next few weeks, ending with his current projects. I hope you'll join me.
 Peter Schjeldahl, "Uncluttered: An Olafur Eliasson retrospective," The New Yorker online, http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/artworld/2008/04/28/080428craw_artworld_schjeldahl#ixzz1FQkGNHqF, (accessed July 7, 2011).
 Roxana Marcoci and Klaus Biesenbach, Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson, The Museum of Modern Art online, http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2008/olafureliasson/#/intro/, (accessed July 7, 2011).