Outdoor Site-Specific Light Sculpture Installation

13th Havana Biennial / Detras del Muro

MARIPOSA DORADA | Sarra Building, Havana Cuba 2019


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)

MARIPOSA DORADA explores interplays between power and fragility, beauty and ferocity. Cuba’s national flower, the Flor de Mariposa, exemplifies these contrasting concepts. During colonial times, citizens repurposed the delicate petals to hide independence messages. Thus transforming an elegant flower into a tool for revolution. MARIPOSA DORADA draws inspiration from this shift in meaning. The work is meant to be observed from different angles and rests on a series of tubes, causing the light to be eternally in motion.


Description: The 13th Havana Biennial, tthe most significant visual arts event in Cuba, through April 12 to May 12, 2019, with the commitment that the island’s capital city importantly becomes a “cultural corridor” at the same time so in which the creators and the public interact. Therefore working with the Detras del Muro organization, Grimanesa Amoros has created MARIPOSA DORADA, a monumental light sculpture installation for the 13th Havana Biennial. Read the news here