Lighting Sculpture Installation

Katonah Museum

Onsite Katonah | Righter Gallery | Katonah, New York 2016



OnSite Katonah presents site-specific installations created in response to the Katonah Museum of Art’s landscape, architecture, and history. 

Media: LEDs, reflective material, custom lighting sequence, electrical hardware.
Dimensions: 34 ft x 34 ft x 11 ft 8 in


Grimanesa Amorós’ work is informed both by technology and the natural world. Although her light-based practice suggests wonders such as the aurora borealis, she transforms these spectacles into high-tech installations.

For OnSite Katonah, Amorós presents bubble-like sculptures that appear to float in the gallery. The work cites the human-made Uros Islands, which float on the waters of Lake Titicaca in her native country of Peru. For centuries the Uros people have crafted these small islands out of reeds. While the inhabitants add reeds to the top of the islands, the bottom layers of reeds decompose. Therefore, bubbles take shape and keep the structures on top of the water’s surface. Amorós creates her own islands from LED lights that shift in color to create glowing forms. Thus, the works marries the organic and technological.