Mutant Weeds – Luzinterruptus Installation

Visant à dénoncer la pollution lumineuse extrême des rues de Madrid, et plus particulièrement celle causée par la lumière verte des enseignes des pharmacies – qui ont le droit d’utiliser des éclairages encore plus intenses – inondant littéralement le voisinage d’un éclairage irréel, un petit coup de projecteur sur cette intéressante installation artistique réalisée par le collectif créatif madrilène Luzinterruptus. Intitulée « Mutant Weeds » et consistant en une sorte de gazon lumineux vert qui symbolise de nouveaux types de végétations mutantes qui verraient le jour sous la lumière verte des pharmacies, découvrez tous les détails du projet en images et en vidéo dans la suite !

Plus de détails en images dans la galerie

Le making of de l’installation en vidéo

Music : Everything in its right place, by Radiohead.

Description originale

Of all the environmental pollution that can be found in the city of Madrid, the most evident is light pollution, so much so that in our sky we can never see the Milky Way and hardly any stars. This overillumination is evident to the naked eye at a distance of more than 200 kms and produces a glow that can be seen with a medium-size telescope for more than 700 kms.

It is therefore very surprising, that at a time when the European Union is so careful with issues of environmental pollution, the Dept. of the Environment of the City Council of Madrid rules for illuminated signs, adopted a couple of years ago, changed the rules for  pharmacy signs, to allow them to be replaced with much more powerful ones.

So much light emanates from the new crosses that the environment that surrounds each pharmacy, is permanently tinted a deep, vibrant and unnatural green color. Objectively speaking, one could say that the majority of the urban green spaces in our city, are more the result of erroneous illuminated sign rules than the commitment of our institutions to provide the city with places where you can be in contact with nature.

In addition to the obvious color change of the streets, the neighbors who live in the vicinity of 24 hour pharmacies, have watched impotently as every night their rooms become disturbing green places, in which life and the perception of what happens in them is altered, without being able to do anything to avoid it.

Without wanting to play down such a serious subject, but trying to approach it with a sense of humor, which never hurts, we carried out our installation Mutant weeds in which we recreated a not-too-distant future, in which a new and hardy species of photosensitive plant, grows in the asphalt around the pharmacies, nourished by the photosynthesis of its powerful “low” light.

To accomplish this mission, we acquired fluorescent sticks, which we gave the form of blades of grass and we placed them on the pavement, converting the reflections into small radioactive fields that produced a curious anticipation in the many citizens who walked the streets at those hours.

We chose 3 downtown locations and there we left our illuminated fields for a while, while, we talked with the curious pedestrians, after which, we picked everything up so as not to pollute.

Thanks to Clement and Andre for inviting us to their home to take pictures from their green tinted balconies, also to Cris and Alex who helped us with the installation.

The photos and the video are, as always, by Gustavo Sanabria.
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