Scottsdale, Ariz. – Golden Waters, a site-specific light sculpture by New York-based interdisciplinary artist Grimanesa Amorós, animated the Scottsdale waterfront this past summer. The sculpture measured 40 x 135 x 18 feet and consisted of LED tubes, diffusion and reflective material, and electrical hardware. It was attached to the Soleri bridge so that it extended 80 feet west along the canal and appeared to rise up out of the water.
In her artist statement for Golden Waters, Amorós describes how she was inspired by the history of irrigation canals in northern Arizona, which have supported human life since such ancient cultures as the Hohokam Indians. In the sculpture, the artist employed vertical and horizontal lines in reference to the experience of both urban and natural forces. The dynamic work provokes consideration of the relationship humans have to water and nature.
Golden Waters was on view nightly from 6:15 to 11:30 throughout the summer. The installation was presented by Scottsdale Public Art, whose annual Canal Convergence event was covered by Public Art Review last March.
Watch the video below to learn about the intriguing installation process of Golden Waters.
Video: Grimanesa Amorós Studio