The Tate Modern Sun

At the Tate Modern, the Turbine Hall is currently filled with the latest work from the Unilever Series of 'big projects'. This time, Olafur Eliasson has doubled the huge volume of the hall by installing mirrors all along the ceiling. Then at one end, a half sun meets the mirrors, creating a giant circle of light powered by bright orange lamps. The colour fills the room with a deep glow that seems to draw people in with its immense power. A strange effect was that, through my eyes, looking back at people's faces reflected in the light, everything was in an eerie sepia tone. All colour apart from a strange green was obliterated so that I felt as if I was in a black and white movie.

A further effect of the work was for people to lie on the floor and stare up at their distant reflection in the ceiling. This prompted groups to play around with the effect by throwing things up into the air, juggling, or wriggling around on the floor, whilst staring up to see how things looked with gravity reversed. There was also a move toward groups spelling out words in the ceiling by lying down in formation. One group did a very impressive 'peace', to which we tried to respond with a mostly lame 'war'. Whilst both groups were on the floor, a surreal round of applause broke out on the floor. It's very impressive that a work of art can invoke this level of audience interaction.