Madrid Water Fountains Spill Light

Some gorgeous new installations have just popped up on our radar that involve jars and lights. Anonymous art collective Luzinterruptus, who’s known for their interesting light installations in public spaces, collected glass containers for four months and then displayed them around Madrid’s public fountains. Why? It’s a statement to show that over 50% of public fountains are now dismantled, broken or just dry. As an expensive and inconvenient alternative, water must be bought in bottles. To criticize the administration for this much needed public service, they wanted to show, in a symbolic way, drinking water running through the streets.

So on one cold night in January, they created these beautiful street installations in four public areas around the city.

There’s a great interview that Luzinterruptus conducted with Urban Art Core where you can learn more about this art collective. The three members of the team come from different backgrounds which seem to work well together – art, lighting and photography. Here are a few standout quotes from that interview.

“Light is the material we are most familiar with and inspires us. It provides a great visual impact and allows us to make installations –in some cases of a small size, in other larger ones- and avoid spoiling urban furniture and also leave room for other artist on the streets or the users of those public spaces, which is in short supply in big cities.

“The idea behind our work is very simple: attract attention through light in public places so that they can be understood by the people who pass by at that very moment, without the need for instructions.

“We intend to convey the message about how we worry about the fast worsening which is affecting public spaces in big cities like Madrid.”

Luzinterruptus’ website

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