New Yorkers strolling Hudson Street during the holidays will get a glimpse of Grimanesa Amoros’ sculptural LED-illuminated domes installed at Issey Miyake’s showroom in Tribeca.
The three glowing clusters fill the floorspace at the front of the Japanese designer’s flagship store and cast a soft light programmed to ebb and flow in a rhythmic beat.
Amoros, a Peruvian artist who has been living in New York since 1984, compares the LED patterns to her own heartbeat. “I told my engineer to ‘give me my heart pulsing’,” she said, “and he knew exactly what I meant. It’s a pulse that changes, from slow to fast, like when you’re running.”
The work is titled Uros and is inspired by the tides that surround one of Peru’s most fascinating phenomena: a group of 42 floating islands built entirely out of totora reeds by the people who live on them. The island dwellers also construct their houses and boats out of the tall grass. Amoros says the half-moon forms are, for her, reminiscent of the region’s seafoam tides and southern hemisphere light.
Ohmi Morimoto, VP of Tribeca Issey Miyake, approached Amoros about exhibiting her work at the Hudson Street showroom, though her LED-based installations have appeared in galleries and exhibitions internationally for years, including at this year’s Venice Biennale. That installation is now on display at Rotterdam’s Wereldmuseum until March 11, 2012.
Uros continues at Tribeca Issey Miyake until January 14, 2012.