PARIS – Artist Olafur Eliasson is vowing to turn visitors into explorers in his summer project at the palace of Versailles outside of Paris.
The renowned artist, who grew up in Iceland and Denmark, presented his June 7-Oct. 30 exhibition Monday.
In the palace's famed 17th-century gardens, Eliasson will have three water-related installations. One will create a spectacular waterfall in front of the palace, reviving the initial vision — never realized — of Andre Le Notre, principal gardener to King Louis XIV.
Eliasson says "the waterfall is an attempt to finalize, to make the impossible possible, to make the dreams come true."
Inside the palace, the artist will deploy "subtle spatial interventions" integrated in its baroque architecture.
Last year Anish Kapoor's exhibition at Versailles had prompted violent controversy over a sculpture with sexual connotation.