Just when you thought the Palace of Versailles couldn’t get any more spectacular… an ‘impossible’ waterfall seen from above stuns visitors
- Artist Olafur Eliasson aims to turn visitors into explorers in his summer project outside Paris
- He created three water features, including a large waterfall in the palace’s famous 17th-century gardens.
- The attraction was created to revive the initial vision of André Le Notre, head gardener to King Louis XIV
The famous gardens of the Palace of Versailles dating back to the 17th century are now even more spectacular, thanks to a giant “impossible” waterfall.
The spectacular attraction was created to revive the initial vision – never realized – of André Le Nôtre, head gardener to King Louis XIV.
It is one of three water features installed by artist Olafur Eliasson on the monument near Paris.
The waterfall installation by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson.The spectacular waterfall feature in the Grand Canal of the famous royal gardens outside Paris
The spectacular waterfall was created to revive the initial vision – never realized – of André Le Notre, main gardener to King Louis XIV
The waterfall is one of three water features created by artist Olafur Eliasson
The famous 49-year-old artist, who grew up in Iceland and Denmark, presented his exhibition from June 7 to October 30 early last week before it opened.
“The stunt is an attempt to finalize, to make the impossible possible, to make dreams come true,” he said.
Other installations in the gardens deploy a circle of mist – which changes over time – and blocks of ice and dust and rock debris that are left behind when a glacier retracts.
Inside the palace, the artist has deployed ‘subtle spatial interventions’ integrated into its Baroque architecture so that visitors have to ‘explore’ the place if they want to make sure they don’t miss any works of art. .
“I work very often with natural phenomena, I work with light, dematerialization, ephemera and maybe sometimes psychology,” Eliasson said.
The famous 49-year-old artist, who grew up in Iceland and Denmark, presented his exhibition last week
Eliasson said he explored the palace alone at night with only a flashlight and found the place “very vibrant” creatively.
Last year, Anish Kapoor’s exhibition at Versailles sparked a violent controversy around a sculpture with a sexual connotation.
President of the Palace of Versailles, Catherine Pegard, said contemporary art exhibitions are a way “to show that Versailles does not remain frozen in the past”.
Inside the palace, the artist placed fog, mirrors and luminous landscapes to accentuate the stunning architecture
Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, right, gestures during a press conference in Paris, France, May 2, ahead of the opening of his installations