Discovering and photographing the unknown beauty of Europe
The Viking and I had planned a visit to ARoS on Thursday 19 July. According to the weather forecast, there were going to be thunderstorms, so we thought it would be a good idea to be in a museum that day. So, we left Nyborg and about 90 minutes later we were in Aarhus:
Although ARoS is one of our favorite museums, it’s quite challenging for us to visit it. The museum is about 10 floors high, but consists of a lot of open spaces, a spiral staircase and a glass elevator. All this is not easy for two people who suffer from fear of heights. Sure, we have been in a cable car this year and done some treetop walking. But we are still afraid of heights.
When we got out of the car, The Viking looked at the building and Eliasson’s installation on its roof and he said he wouldn’t be able to do it. I was absolutely sure that there would be an elevator going straight to the artwork. So, I asked him to join me in the elevator and at least go there with me. If he would really feel too dizzy or sick, he could leave the artwork immediately.
Unfortunately, our visit to Your Rainbow Panorama proved to be a lot more challenging. After having paid our entrance fee, we soon discovered that the elevator only went to the last floor of the building. Then we had to take stairs to the rooftop terrace. Once you arrive there, you are only a couple of meters away from the edge. Furthermore, it started raining when we got on the terrace and we could hear the thunder as well. Quite ominous!
We had a choice now: go back or continue. If we went back, we would feel like cowards. But how would we feel if we continued? There was only one way to find out. About 2 meters above our heads was the art installation. I saw the entrance, took The Viking by the hand and we climbed the last stairs.
Once we were in the art work, we experienced a mix of feelings. We felt like we were floating in the air! We felt exhilarated! We felt a huge rush of adrenaline in our body! But we also felt afraid! But we had made it! No, hang on, this was merely the beginning! We still have to walk around here: 150 meters were waiting for us to be explored!
When you arrive in Your Rainbow Panorama, you find yourself in the blue section of the rainbow. And your mind starts playing tricks with you. The blue makes you feel cold and in our case, also a bit nauseous. When you continue your walk in the artwork, the colors change and so does your mood. In the yellow section for example, we felt better and we even had the impression that it was warmer.
In the beginning, we stayed at the inside of the circle, progressing very slowly. I walked, touching the glass constantly, The Viking very close behind me. Towards the end of our walk, I had gathered enough courage to go to the outside of the circle. And I even asked The Viking to take a picture of me. But no matter where you are in the installation, the view of Aarhus is simply amazing!
When we were back on the 10th floor, The Viking and I hugged and kissed each other. We had done it! Now, not a day goes by without us thinking back at this extraordinary experience! And yes, I would love to go back!
Here are the other pictures!