Outdoor Site-Specific Light Sculpture

The Times Square Alliance Public Arts Program, The Armory Show

UROS HOUSE  |  New York, NY  2011


Media: LEDs, diffusion material domes, silkscreen, aluminum, custom lighting sequence, electrical hardware.
Dimensions: 7 ft x 7 ft x 12 ft.

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Growing up on the coast of Lima, Peru, Grimanesa Amorós developed a profound appreciation and love for the ocean, captivated by the vibrant colors, the mesmerizing bubbles, and the foam created by the crashing waves. This deep-rooted connection to bodies of water from her upbringing continues to influence her artistic vision.

Inspired by the Uros Islands off the coast of Puno, Peru, floating islets made of totora reeds native to the Lake’s water, Amorós found herself fascinated by these unique habitats and their essential role in the lives of their inhabitants—used for housing, boats, watch towers, and fish storage. This experience, in combination with her childhood wonder of the coastal bubbles, inspired the creation of UROS HOUSE, which was exhibited and mounted in the heart of New York City’s iconic Times Square; UROS HOUSE, a lighting sculpture, embodies the essence of sea foam with its intricate sequence, representing the effervescence of bubbles while meticulously preserving the traditional technique and shape of the Uros island’s houses. The structure merges seamlessly with the earth, invoking a sense of unity with nature.

Description: The Armory Show, Times Square Alliance, and Nina Menocal Gallery present Uros House, a lighting sculpture by Grimanesa Amorós, during the Armory Arts Week in New York City’s Times Square.

The exhibition of large-scale work by Amorós is possible with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.