Magazine article Sculpture

Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla

Magazine article Sculpture

Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla

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Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos)

Between Guayanilla and Peñuelas, Puerto Rico

Last September, the Dia Art Foundation launched its first long-term project outside the continental U.S. since Joseph Beuys's 7000 Oaks (1982) in Kassel, Germany. To create Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos)-seven years in the making-Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla borrowed Dan Flavin's Puerto Rican Light (to Jeanie Blake) (1965) from the Dia collection and installed it deep inside a cave in a remote area of southern Puerto Rico. The red, pink, and yellow lights are powered by solar panels placed at the entrance to the cave, which is accessible only by a two-hour hike.

Allora and Calzadilla's project evokes the importance of light, both natural and artificial, while bringing a symbol of contemporary art and creativity back to its prehistoric origins-the cave, where our ancestors first started making art thousands of years ago. The chosen site of the work also conjures the history of American colonialism. …

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