I just wanted to let everyone know that I recently landed in Cusco, Peru - the former capital of the Inca empire - and have finally adjusted to the altitude (over 11,000 feet!). This is a bustling and amazing city, with an incredible history and some absolutely amazing architecture.
I'm excited to announce that La Luz will open this Thursday at Qorikancha, the site of the former Inca sun temple. The installations will run through August 29th and will be capped by an evening event in which all the bottles will be given away.
I want to thank you all once again for your kind words and support. I could not be here without you. I'll follow up with images of the installations. But for now, here is the banner text that will appear on-site at the museum:
La Luz (The Light) is a contemporary art installation by Mexican-American artist Celso and curated by Vera Tyuleneva. It is composed of a series of small-scale structures, designed specifically to fit this architectural context, crafted from bottles of popular Peruvian sodas. Using light and the golden color of these beverages, the artist pays tribute to the brilliant light that once emanated from the legendary gold ornaments of the Qorikancha temple. The installation will be moving between different locations within the museum from August 16 to 29. On August 29, 2012 - the last day of the exhibition - the primary elements of the installation (sealed 2-litre bottles of soda) will be handed out to the public. Take a piece of La Luz home with you! Everybody is invited, FREE ENTRANCE.
* La Luz does not employ construction materials and will not alter or damage this important site in any way. After it is dismantled, no vestige of its existence will remain.
Anyway, I hope all is well with you and that you are having a great summer. And thank you once again for all of your support!
P.S. I have posted a thank you page on my blog and we had a sweet write up in the summer edition of the International Art Newspaper.
Watch this space!