La Luz update.

Bottles of soda touch on the base of a Spanish arch, on Day 7 of the La Luz install. (Photos by C-M.)

This week, Celso will be wrapping up the La Luz installations at the Qorikancha Museum in Cuzco, Peru. This has been an absolutely incredible project to work on: spending our days studying every corner of this remarkable building, which is a layer cake of both Inca and Spanish history.

This Wednesday, August 29th, represents the last day of installations. At 7pm, every last piece of La Luz will be given away to the public. If you are in the area, please come by and take a piece of La Luz home with you. The event is free and open to the public.

In the meantime, you can gander the last few days worth of installations below. For previous installations — e información en español — click here. Also, see Celso’s blog for additional coverage.

Day 5

Wedged between the walls of the Church of Santo Domingo (at left) and the remains of the Inca’s Temple of the Moon. The building is full of these architectural anomalies — where the Spanish didn’t quite sync up their buildings with the pre-existing Inca structures.

This day’s install made the piece feel like a hidden treasure.

Day 6

This had the addition of the Inca window to the right.

In Inca architecture, windows and doorways typically take a trapezoidal form. This is a close-up, at dusk, with the partially destroyed Temple of the Moon in the background.

Day 7

For this install, bottles were stacked in rows around one edge of the main cloister — part of which receives afternoon light. The effects at sunset were just incredible.

The installation was placed on Spanish structures

…but could be seen from within the Inca temples.

Local law enforcement check out the show.

The artist, reflected upside down in the installation.

Day 8

Bottles were arranged around the corner of the cloister that receives the last light of day. Here, they are just beginning to be illuminated.

By late in the afternoon, all the stacks were struck by the sun.

Day 9

In a series of three perfectly aligned windows in the Temples of Lighting and Rainbow.

The quality of Inca masonry is astonishing — it has an almost textile effect.

Day 10

I think this install has been one of the most incredible. The pieces were moved to the Western side of the cloister where they received a diffused light (it was cloudy) from both sides. It’s as if the stacks were just radiating energy.

The pieces lined the western arcade, another stretch of Qorikancha in which Spanish and Inca reside side-by-side.

A stack of bottles in between the Recinto Inca Mayor (to the right) and the remains of a Spanish arch (left).

The installation as seen from the other side.

Day 11

Since it’s Sunday, we didn’t have to move the install. (Whew.) Here is a close-up of the bottles against Inca wall.

Parts of the install could be seen from within the Recinto Inca Mayor, the biggest Inca structure on-site.


  1. chris baron

    This was an absolutely amazing series of installations. It just works on so many levels. The photography…in terms of capturing this unique show…was extraordinary, too.

  2. bpiana

    This project is so awesome. So happy to have backed it. Thanks for sharing the photos. I’m sure the installations are amazing in person.