Permanent Site-Specific Light Sculpture

UES Landmark Town House

AZURE | Grimanesa Amoros | New York City, NY 2021

Azure by Grimanesa Amoros is a a series of round, reflective sculptures with custom light sequences in UES Landmark Town House in New York. The sculptures are placed on a concave wall. Due to this, the light on each of the sculptures play off of each other. The work pulls inspiration from the azalea flower, which is both beautiful and dangerous

LEDs, diffusion and reflective material, custom lighting sequence, electrical hardware, stainless steel

14 ft x 6 ft x 3ft
ARTIST STATEMENT (English / Espanol)

AZURE is defined in Latin as paradise or park. After visiting Japan, The patron of this piece spoke to me about her deep appreciation for their attention to and recognition of natural elements. Immediately I was reminded of my time exploring what felt to be the most serene place, the Ritsurin Garden located in Takamatsu, Japan. In this garden lays the azalea flowering shrubs. Many are unknown to the azalea’s potency and toxicity, it is beautiful but dangerous. The combination of beauty and pain is a known concept; the juxtaposition of something so delicate can be remarkably resilient and potent is what inclined the creation of AZURE, as it is a place that is fictional or to some, believed to exist.