Light Sculpture Installation

13th Havana Biennial / Detras del Muro

MARIPOSA DORADA | Sarra Building, Havana Cuba 2019

The 13th Havana Biennial, the largest visual arts event in Cuba, will be held from April 12 to May 12, 2019, with the commitment that the capital city of the island become a “cultural corridor” in which the creators and the public interact. Working in collaboration with the Detras del Muro organization, Grimanesa Amoros has created MARIPOSA DORADA, a monumental light sculpture installation.

Media: LEDs, diffusion and reflective material, custom lighting sequence, electrical hardware. stainless steel. Dimensions: 55 ft x 35 ft x 10 ft.
ARTIST STATEMENT (English / Espanol)

My first impression when I went to Cuba was, “What a beautiful island.” The country is known for many things, but what was most intriguing to me was its wild and attractive landscapes. This wild life contained many different species of vegetation and plants. I was specifically intrigued by the islands diversity of flowers. My favorite was the Cuban national flower, FLOR DE MARIPOSA. Its delicate white petals frame the flower’s pistil, which resemble the wings of a butterfly, hence the name butterfly flower.

In addition to the flower’s beauty, it also has a wide range of uses, such as: perfumes, medicine, and even paper making. The flower was also used during colonial Cuba to hide independence messages to its citizens. My piece, MARIPOSA DORADA, inspired by this flower, will not only focus on the flowers elegance, but also its potency and ability to share a message, that beauty can be fierce.

MARIPOSA DORADA is interactive and can be observed from different angles of the boardwalk. At the center of the piece are a series of tubes, which will cause the lights to be eternally in motion. The lighting sequence will contain sparks of gold light to embrace the flowers fragility and the strength of the Cuban people. The goal is for the viewer to connect with the boardwalk, the architectural space, and the sculpture, which will generate an ethereal experience.