In 2003, Tate Modern commissioned Olafur to create the Weather Project, a giant sun in the massive Turbine Hall, which encouraged art watchers to lounge on the floor and bask in the blazing orange light. A creative powerhouse who engages his audience, he thinks about light in every possible way. We asked him a few questions about making art, projects he’s been working on and what led to his luminous career. What are some of your earliest memories of light and darkness? How did growing up in Iceland affect your perception of light? When I was about five years old, I visited my grandparents in the city of Hafnarfjördur in Iceland. It was during the energy crisis of the ’70s and I remember hearing a siren, and suddenly the whole city blacked out. It was an incredible feeling to see all the lights in a city go out at once, including This story is from Kinfolk Issue Fourteen Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades.