Luzinterruptus are an anonymous art collective that conduct urban interventions in public spaces using light as a raw material:
We left our sparkles of light lit… for others to turn them off for us…
With this in mind they created their latest installation in Madrid, Spain. As with Ireland developers have been the scourge of Spain and in 2008 an area in Madrid’s La Latina neighborhood – which up until then had a public swimming pool – was demolished with the promise by the authorities that it would be redeveloped as a new cultural centre, a renovated public market and a huge wooded area for the benefit of the residents.
In May this year locals were informed that the project was to change. In its place an upmarket shopping mall and a gourmet centre was to be built both of which would be unaffordable to local residents.
Naturally with Spain in freefall the new development has yet to be built so the residents have been using the space to promote free and open activities to whomever wants to join in. To remind locals of what was promised in 2008, Luzinterruptus came up with an installation called ‘Pool on a background of Field of Barley’ using two thousand transparent containers filled with blue-colored water and lights in a 6 × 4 square metre pool.
The work, made using recycled materials brought to the space by locals, took a month to install and the ‘dry’ ephemeral pool was exhibited for eight hours overnight.
This is a great example of artists working with the community in a political way. We need to do more of it in this country.
Via Creators Project
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