Green Light: An Artistic Workshop is a collaboration between Danish-Icelandic artist and designer Olafur Eliasson and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation (TBA21), a Vienna-based organization dedicated to experimental creative projects. The workshop—which runs through June 5th, 2016–invites refugees, migrants, and university students to collaborate on building lamp modules.
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Eliasson says, “Green light is an act of welcoming, addressed both to those who have fled hardship and instability in their home countries and to the residents of Vienna.”
The project calls its guests together to build a modular Green Light, designed by Eliasson. The stackable lights are made entirely from sustainable and recycled materials. The designer hopes to forge a new communal environment during the process of the workshop.
The project is set to take place over three months. The programme allows visitors to participate in the building of the Green light modules for two days of the week, and practical and German language courses on two other days.
“I hope Green light shines light on some of the challenges and responsibilities arising from the current refugee crisis in Europe and throughout the world,” says Eliasson.
This story was originally published on May 25th 2016.