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UROS ISLAND 2011

Light Sculpture Installation

Venice Biennale
Venice, Italy

Media: LEDs, diffusion material, vinyl, custom lighting sequence, electrical hardware

Dimensions: 13 ft 7 in x 11 ft 2 in x 26 in

Future Pass is a collateral project of the 54th International Venice Biennale curated by Victoria Lu, Felix Schoeber, and Renzo di Renzo. It takes place at the Fondazione Claudio Buziol, a non-profit, private institution based in two venues at the center of Venice. After the Venice Biennale this exhibition will also tour to Rotterdam's Wereldmuseum, the National Taiwan Art Museum in Taichung and the Beijing Art Museum in China.



Courtesy of the artist and Venice Biennale, photo by Grimanesa Amorós Studio

ARTIST STATEMENT (English / Espanol)

When Amorós was a child living on the coast of Peru, she always loved the beauty of the ocean; everything from the tides to the colors, to the bubbles and the foam.

Uros Island is inspired by the islands in Lake Titicaca, located southeast of Peru. They are floating islets made entirely out of totora reeds. The pre-Incan Uros, who live on these forty-two self-fashioned floating islands, build everything out of this material - from houses to boats to watch towers.

From these two ideas, she created Uros Island to reflect the natural elegance of sea foam and totora reeds. The sculpture will seemingly arise from the ground as if it were one with the earth.