Stunning Installations From Luzinterruptus Shed Light On Environmental Issues
Since late 2008, Madrid’s Luzinterruptus, an anonymous art collective whose mission is to bring attention to environmental issues, has been carrying out interventions in public urban spaces. Using light as a raw material and the dark of night as their canvas, the team creates ephemeral outdoor light installations out of waste and discarded objects like empty water bottels, colorful trash bags, and hazmat suits.
Plastic Garbage Guarding The Museum. (2012)
Their latest exhibit was installed outside of Switzerland’s Gewerbemuseum Winterthur. After collecting around 5,000 plastic bags used as tickets for museum entry, the art collective selected and filled the most colorful bags with air, turning them into giant balloons. The bags were then piled into surrounding dumpsters and lit up from within. Visitors were also given floating, illuminated bag balloons to take away and carry throughout the city, crowding the sky with small, plasticized moons.
Radioactive Control. (2011)
Intended to highlight the use and abuse of nuclear energy and its harmful impact on the planet, Luzinterruptus conceived Radioactive Control for Germany’s Dockville Festival. The project displayed an army of 100 mystifying, illuminated radioactive figures encroaching on the natural environment of the festival grounds.
Pool on a Background of a Field of Barley. (2008)
A falsely promised remodeling plan intended to turn Madrid’s La Latina neighborhood into a cultural center caught the attention of the collective. After hearing rumors that the project had been modified to become a luxury shopping mall with a gourmet market unaffordable to La Latina residents, Luzinterruptus took action. Reminding locals of that which was once promised to them, including a freshly restored swimming pool, the group came up with Pool on a Background of a Field of Barley, featuring two thousand transparent containers filled with blue-colored water and lights.
Photos by Gustavo Sanabria.