Outdoor Site-Specific Light Sculpture Installation

Scottsdale PUBLIC ART

SOLERI BRIDGE Waterfront, Canal Project

GOLDEN WATERS  |  Scottsdale, AZ  2015



Media: LEDs, diffusion and reflective material, custom lighting sequence, electrical hardware.
Dimensions: 40 ft x 164 ft x 18 ft

Please click here to read more about the project on the official website of Scottsdale Public Art.


The Hohokam people’s ancient ingenuity and groundbreaking irrigation canals transformed lives and shaped civilizations. Grimanesa Amoros presents GOLDEN WATERS, a large-scale temporary light installation that floats across the water representing the twists and turns of the Hohokam’s ancient innovations. Through a brilliant fusion of the Soleri Bridge’s spine by architect Paolo Soleri and innovative light tubing structures, Amoros creates an immersive experience.

Amoros’s artistic journey is deeply intertwined with the human body’s response to environmental conditions. By forging a profound connection to nature, one can sense the presence of water and the essence of the natural world by standing in its proximity. Harnessing this elemental connection, GOLDEN WATERS emerges from the tranquil canal waters, seamlessly blending with its surroundings as if it were an intrinsic part of the waterway. The lines of the artwork symbolize the delicate equilibrium between the forces of urbanization and the enduring power of the natural world, reflecting a harmonious coexistence between the two.

GOLDEN WATERS captures the essence of the human body’s response to the environment—symbolizing the delicate equilibrium between urban development and the timeless forces of the natural world.

Description: GOLDEN WATERS is a monumental light sculpture installation on the water commissioned by Scottsdale Public Art in Scottsdale, Arizona. The work consists of LED lighting tubes and a custom-made lighting sequence that floats atop the water, conjoined with the Paolo Soleri Bridge