La Luz, at Qorikancha — in Cusco, Peru.


Old and new: the Inca walls that surround Qorikancha were once edged in gold. Here they are topped with golden soda. Seen here: La Luz 08.19, by Celso. (Photos by C-M.)

For the last four days, Celso has been building a series of architectural interventions around the Museo Qorikancha y Convento de Santo Domingo in Cusco, Peru. The museum houses two important structures: the remains of one of the most important temples in the entire Inca empire and a working Dominican monastery that dates back to the 16th century – and which was built on top of and around the original pre-Columbian structure. In honor of the gold that once covered the interior walls of this important Inca shrine, Celso has been creating a series of installations out of golden Peruvian soda titled La Luz. These installations will move around various locations in the museum until the end of the month.

On August 29th, at 7pm, the museum will host a free event in which the public will be invited to take a piece of La Luz home with them. If you are in Cusco, please consider yourself invited!

In the meantime, check out our photo diary of the work-in-progress below. Find more on Celso’s blog.

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And a little Spanish borrowed from the museum’s publicity materials:

La Luz es una instalación artística hecha por el artista mexicano-norteamericano Celso, con la curaduría de Vera Tyuleneva. Está compuesta de una serie de estructuras de pequeña escala, diseñadas específicamente para este contexto arquitectónico, elaboradas de botellas de gaseosas peruana. Empleando la luz y el color dorado de esa bebida, el artista rinde homenaje a la luz resplandeciente que emanaba antaño de los legendarios adornos de oro en el temple del Qorikancha. La instalación será movida entre diferentes ubicaciones dentro del museo del 16 al 29 de Agosto.

A las 7pm el 29 de Agosto 2012 – el ultimo día de la muestra – los elementos primarios de la instalación (botellas selladas de gaseosa de 2 litros) serán repartidas gratuitamente al public. Todos están invitados. Entrada libre.

En el intertanto, podrán ver en las siguentes fotos como las primeras instalaciones se han llevado a cabo. La obra no hace uso de materias de construcción y no altera ni daña de modo alguno el patrimonio arquitectónico y arqueológico.

La Luz 08.16 (Day One)


Under a bell that once tolled for the death of monks.


The view from inside the monastery library.

La Luz 08.17 (Day Two)


In an archway under a Spanish stairwell — at dusk.

La Luz 08.18 (Day Three)


As seen from the main cloister, in the Sala Guamán Poma de Ayala, a room named for the 16th indigenous chronicler.


In the Sala Guamán Poma de Ayala, at dusk. The city of Cusco and the surrounding mountains are visible through the window.

La Luz 08.19 (Day Four)


One of the best parts of the Sala Guamán Poma de Ayala is watching the color of the Andes change color over the course of the day. (Because it was Sunday, the bottles got to stay in place — and we got a day of rest.)

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