Outdoor Site-Specific Light Sculpture Installation

Civita di Bagnoregio

CETHA | Grimanesa Amoros | Palazzo Colesanti, Viterbo, Italy 2019


CETHA by Grimanesa Amoros is a light based sculpture in Italy. The sculpture is inspired by the importance of the sun and because of this has a red and pink warm glow. The shape of the sculpture also recalls the sun streaming in and out of a stone window. 

The Civita Institute is a non profit established in 1981. Their Fellowship program aims to further the field of design through cultural exchange. Grimanesa Amorós was the recipient of a 2018 NE Chapter Civita Institute Fellowship award.

During her time at the Institute in Civita di Bagnoregio, she created CETHA. Additionally, she gave lectures about her work and practice. To supplement her project she also produced a film focused on the inspiration for her new light sculpture.

LEDs, reflective material, custom lighting sequence, and electrical hardware.

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.