Green light – An artistic workshop at the Biennale Arte 2017

Green light – An artistic workshop at the Biennale Arte 2017

A metaphorical green light for refugees and migrants, this artistic workshop by Olafur Eliasson have been invited by curator Christine Macel in the central pavillon of the Giardini della Biennale.

The Green light workshop will be an experiment of collective production in which 20 to 40 individuals with varius different backgrounds and nationalities will work in group on the construction of green light lamps, organized with an alternative educational/social model in which learning principles/directions are shared rather than imposed.

A dedicated charity organization will assist the project , while the participants – other than collaborate in the production of the lamps – can support the project by making a donation of maximum 300 euro in exchange with a Green light lamp.

Multi-faceted just like social reality, these lamps will be green, the colour of hope: hope for the migrants and refugees, often caught up in a legal and political limbo; and hope for the societies that welcome them and their citizens, tested on the grounds of human rights, tolerance and solidarity.

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 the cities receiving them. Working together in a playful creative process, participants build a modular light and construct communal environment in which difference is not only accepted but embraced. I hope Green light shines light on some of the challenges and responsibilities arising from the current refugee crisis in Europe and troughout the world.” – Olafur Eliasson

More informations on the project at

To participate the project, e-mail at

You can order a Green light lamp at