Luzinterruptus is an anonymous art collective that builds installations in public spaces using “light as raw material and the night as our canvas”. The group uses their creativity to protest or bring attention to issues that are affecting public spaces. They primarily install in Madrid, but have created pieces in other big cities as well. Their goal with each installation is that it will convey a message to passers by without the need for instructions.
Luzinterruptus gets their ideas for installations in the problems they encounter in their “daily wanderings” that may have been overlooked. They create their work spontaneously and clandestinely and make a great effort to use simple, recyclable material. The installations are left for pedestrians to interact with, and every attempt is made so that the piece is not overly invasive or damaging to the space.
One project that particularly touched me is “Agua potable corriendo por las calles” or “Drinking water running through the streets” from January 2012. Over the past 30 years in Madrid, more than 50% of the public fountains have become dismantled, broken, without a tap, or dry. The city used to be full of fountains, but now in order to drink water when out in Madrid, one must buy a bottle or go into a bar. Today to find a fountain in very warm Madrid, one must walk more than 5 kms (3 Miles).
Luzinterruptus wished to “criticize the indifference of the administration in regards to a necessary public service” through this piece. For four months they collected empty glass bottles of the supplement Infatrini – which was keeping a friend’s sick daughter alive. They installed these bottles, filled with light, on four unused public fountains in the center of the city – bringing them back to life for a night with luminous “streams of water”. They wanted to say that “water is necessary for life” and that drinking fountains are “necessary and beautiful”. View more amazing images here »>
How is this project making the world a better place?
Work like this that highlights public issues in beautiful ways is making the world a better place. It supports citizens who may not have a voice and offers a peaceful and beautiful alternative for speaking up about issues that affect the public.
Who is the intended audience?
Anyone who is interested in the intersection of art + design and public issues. Also, citizens and government officials of cities where Luzinterruptus has installed work.
How can our readers extend the impact of this project?
Follow updates on new work by Luzinterruptus here and think about alternative ways of making your voice heard on issues that matter to you in your own city.