Paul and Lulu Hilliard Museum
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum in Lafayette, Louisiana is Acadiana’s architectural landmark and the largest art museum between Houston and New Orleans. The Museum features a variety of changing exhibitions and a continuing schedule of lectures and programs.
OPENING Reception August 19th, 2011
Uros House, a lighting sculpture by artist Grimanesa Amorós, will be on view at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum from August 6th through the end of the year. Recently shown in Times Square, the sculpture was presented as part of the 2011 Armory Show.
Uros House, made of polyethylene, steel, metal, and computer-controlled LEDs, was inspired by structures built by the Uros Indians in Peru. The pre-Incan Uros, who live on forty-two self-fashioned floating islands in Lake Titicaca, build everything out of totora reeds, a sub-species of the giant bulrush sedge. According to Amorós, who was born and raised in Peru, the Uros House sculpture “embodies the beauty of seafoam, while maintaining the traditional technique and shape of the Uros islands houses. The structure will seemingly arise from the ground as if it were one with the earth.”