Many famous artworks

The artist’s name is Olafur Eliasson.
He has already made many famous artworks.
He has put large ice blocks in big cities.
And he has made big waterfalls.

Olafur Eliasson makes art outdoors.
Not inside a museum.
It is often about the environment.
And about what we’re doing to the environment.

An artwork for the EU Council Presidency

Olafur Eliasson has also made an artwork for Germany’s EU Council Presidency.
It’s called Earth Speakr,
which means:

“Spokesperson for the Earth.”

The artwork is on the internet.
There, children and young people can
leave a voice message.
They can talk about

  • what they think about the future of Europe,
    and about the future of the world,

  • or about the hopes they have.

Everyone can listen to this on the internet.

Olafur Eliasson made an app for this artwork.
It is called Earth Speakr.
And he made a website.
It is called
On this site, you can look at the artwork.

You can also go see this artwork in other places:

  • at the Council of the European Union in Brussels,
  • at the European Parliament in Strasbourg and
  • at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.

Many famous artworks

Olafur Eliasson has already made many famous artworks.
They are often about climate change.
He has already won awards for these works.

Glaciers are melting all over the world because of climate change.
Glaciers are big fields of ice.
That’s bad for the Earth.

Eliasson showed people what is happening.
He put large ice blocks in big cities,
where they melted –
just like glaciers.

He also photographed glaciers.
First in 1999.
And then again and again.
On these photos, people can see how
glaciers are melting.

Heiko Maas believes the artwork is important

Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said:
We want this artwork,
so that young people can say:
This is important to us.
They can talk to each other here,
despite coronavirus.
Because otherwise they cannot meet.

The Federal Foreign Office is paying for the artwork.
The Goethe-Institut is helping.

Even more culture

There is more culture, too:

  • Photographer Carsten Sander has photographed 1000 people from all over Europe.
  • You can see these photos in Brussels.
  • Students have made 12 short films.
    They show people in Europe,
    and what’s important to these people.

  • There is also a computer game.
    It is called Pathways – Europe at your fingertips.
    You can travel across Europe in this game
    and have lots of adventures.