Outdoor Site-Specific Light Sculpture Installation

Civita di Bagnoregio

CETHA | Palazzo Colesanti, Viterbo, Italy 2019

The Civita Institute, formerly known as The Northwest Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in Italy (NIAUSI) is a Member-supported nonprofit corporation established in 1981 by academics, architects, students, Italians, and professional members of the Pacific Northwest design community. The Fellowship program lies at the heart of the Civita Institute’s mission to inspire and promote design excellence through education and cultural exchange between the United States and Italy. Grimanesa Amorós was the recipient of a NE Chapter Civita Institute Fellowship award for the year 2018. She led a series of lectures and created a film highlighting her artistic inspirations and visions of Civita. During her time at the Civita Institute in Civita di Bagnoregio, she created CETHA, a new monumental light installation.

Media: LEDs, diffusion and reflective material, custom lighting sequence, electrical hardware. Dimensions: 15 ft x 10 ft x 5 ft
ARTIST STATEMENT (English / Espanol)

The sun is an important star and has been for centuries. During my stay in Civita di Bagnoregio, I woke up early one morning and decided to explore my new surroundings. During my stroll, I was dazzled at the strength of the sun beaming on the square. It got me thinking about the town of Civita, it’s history, and it’s relation to the sun. I began researching about The Etruscan’s, who were an ancient people that founded the city, and the remnants of their civilization still linger. The name of this piece is CETHA, which was inspired by the town and its past, translating to sun in Etruscan. CETHA has red lighting with pink hues in its sequence, which represents the sunrise that burns red in the morning and streams its light throughout the town.