Aurora Robson Installs “The Great Indoors” at Houston’s Rice University

I captured an image of Robson’s maquette for the “Great Indoors” last June when I was doing the rounds of the Bushwick Open Studios. Today, one of my Flickr commenters (Robert Kimberly) made me aware that it’s up in Houston and I wanted to post the final product which looks quite impressive

Aurora Robson has mounted her installation at the Rice University Art Gallery from Sept. 18 until Oct. 26. The PR text reads:

Attracted by the idea of re-use, as well as by the beauty and complex curves of plastic bottles, Aurora Robson used more than 15,000 of them in her installation…Robson let the shape and thickness of each bottle determine how she cut it. Then, using heat and at least 55,000 rivets, she constructed and painted lavishly detailed organic forms…

…Robson has created a landscape based loosely on microscopic imagery of the human body. Visitors can enter the gallery through membrane-like, translucent tunnels and walk toward a dome-like space, or they can exit the tunnels into an open space filled with suspended sculptures containing solar-powered LED lights causing them to glow…

She did a Q&A about the large work with the Houston Chronicle here and an interview with Houston Public Radio that you can listen to here.

Here’s the original maquette at the Bushwick Open Studios (June 2008):
Works by Aurora Robson - Plan for an Installation

Finished installation at Rice University (complete Flickr set here):

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