Light Sculpture

UROS ISLAND

2012

Uros Island is a light sculpture by Grimanesa Amoros which was inspired by her Peruvian background and natural wonders.

Media: LEDs, diffusion material, custom lighting sequence, electrical hardware
Dimensions: 24 x 45.5 x 8 inches

ARTIST STATEMENT (English)

The Uros Islands are floating islets that are made entirely out of totora reeds; giant plant stalks. The Uros are pre-Incan people who have lived on these floating islands for over 3,000 years. They’ve built their houses, boats, and watchtowers entirely with these bundles of dried totora reeds.

The Uros people have to maintain these floating islands on a daily basis, or it will rot, sink, and their homes will cease to exist. By watching how the Uros people adapt to changes constantly, it made me view life as ephemeral; things come and go.