On the last evening, the bottles were illuminated and given away. By 9pm, they were all gone. (Photos by C-M.)
In what has to be one of the intense-surreal art experiences I’ve ever had, Celso wrapped up the La Luz installations at Qorikancha in Cuzco this past Wednesday by giving away all of the soda to the public. It started slowly. A couple of folks took bottles. Others approached tentatively. Within half an hour, word had spread on the street that soda was being given away Qorikancha. Police, old ladies, young boys — all showed up and took home a piece of La Luz. Some told us they’d serve the soda at a celebration for Santa Rosa de Lima, a Peruvian saint whose saint day was the next day. It’s almost as if people felt compelled to give us an explanation for why they were taking a bottle. In less than an hour, every last bit of the installation was gone.
Find pix of the last three days of installations below. And thanks again to curator Vera Tyuleneva, the awesome Willy and everyone at Qorikancha for such an unforgettable experience. I’ll be mulling this over for years.
The next morning, when we arrived to move the installation to its final spot, we had absolutely brilliant sunshine. (The preceding mornings had been cloudy.) I nabbed this shot from above before we disassembled. The yellow was otherworldly.
In the evening, the bottles were slightly rearranged and illuminated. Initially, folks were quite tentative about taking them home, but once the first person took one, they all vanished within an hour.