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ISSEY MIYAKE FLAGSHIP STORE IN TRIBECA
GRIMANESA AMORÒS

    THE POWER OF CREATION

    02 February 2012

    by Sandra Pfeifer

    To mark the 10th anniversary of the Issey Miyake Flagship store in Tribeca (New York) installation artist Grimanesa Amorós presented her most recent light sculpture Uros. It was inspired by the Uros Islands woven from Totora reed off the coast of Puno in Ms Amorós native country Peru.

    The natural material harvested from Lake Titicaca is widely used by the indigenous Uros peoples to build their floating base including huts for accommodation.

    The three part installation consists of semicircular shapes made out of diffusion material and LED nodes. At a first glance it appeared like giant fluorescent water bubbles captured on dry land but with dusk hitting early in the winter days the magic of the artwork came into full swing.

     In her childhood Ms Amorós who now lives in New York was mesmerized by the beauty of the ocean (the color, the tides and the foam) that would later clearly influence her art. She is widely known for her bubble shaped light sculptures such as Uros House (part of the Times Square Alliance Public Arts Progam in collaboration with The Armory Show) or Racimo (commissioned for the world’s biggest cruise ship, Allure of the Sea). Her work Uros Islands was part of the group show Future Pass presented by Fondazione Claudio Buziol running parallel to the 54th Venice Biennial last year.

    The aesthetics and organic shape of Uros contrasted the style of the titan sculpture Tornado, a permanent installation commissioned to architect Frank Gehry for the opening of the space in 2001.

    Alas it was in tune with master Issey Miyake’s credo of ‘The Power of Creation’.




     
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