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. 


MARIPOSA DORADA explores interplays between power and fragility, beauty and ferocity. Cuba’s national flower, the Flor de Mariposa, represents 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. Because of this, the light is eternally in motion.


Description: The 13th Havana Biennial, the most significant visual arts event in Cuba, transforms the island’s capital city and creates a “cultural corridor” at the same time. Because of this,  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