Thanks to Olafur Eliasson, the latest artist invited to exhibit his work at Versailles this summer, the palace is even more spectacular than usual. Visitors to the French landmark can marvel at Eliasson's large-scale waterfall, which appears to hover over the Grand Canal, as well as haunting circles of mist throughout the gardens and more. “The Versailles that I have been dreaming up is a place that empowers everyone,” Eliasson said in a statement about the project. "It invites visitors to take control of . . . their experience instead of simply consuming and being dazzled by the grandeur. It asks them to exercise their senses, to embrace the unexpected. . .."
Versailles is not the only place where you might have such an unexpected sensory encounter with art this summer. If your travels happen to take you to Hong Kong, look for Fernando Botero's undulating sculptures. Set along the shimmering harbourfront, their sensuous forms are a striking contrast to the city's sharp modern architecture. Or drive roughly 30 minutes outside Las Vegas to relish in the sight of Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone's mesmerising Seven Magic Mountains – whimsical towers of fluorescent boulders stacked in the desert. And those are just some of the temporary wonders happening globally this season.
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PHOTO: ANDERS SUNE BERG. COURTESY OF OLAFUR ELIASSON; NEUGERRIEMSCHNEIDER, BERLIN; TANYA BONAKDAR GALLERY, NEW YORK © 2016 OLAFUR ELIASSON.
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