Aurora Robson

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Aurora Robson  

Aurora Robson LiftLift, 2009
10,000 discarded plastic bottles, 3,000 bottle caps, steel armature, tinted polyacrylic, rivets, solar powered LEDs and motors
Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center

Capital Building Fund Site-Specific Commission

Consisting of five suspended sculptures made of repurposed materials, Lift resembles a fantastical universe or a microscopic landscape writ large. The sculptures are engineered with solar powered-motors, which provide the energy for the sculpture to rotate. Through their dynamic forms and densely populated surfaces, they also embody the type of physical activity and recreation occurring in the space itself. 

About the Artist: Born in Toronto, Robson considers herself an artist and an environmental activist. Her artistic output address both aesthetic and ecological issues; she is best known for her ethereal installations made from waste. However, she also creates intricate collages from junk mail, and is an active writer, painter and welder. Robson earned a B.A. at Columbia University. She is the director and co-founder of two important artist groups: Lumenhouse, an artist residency space in Bushwick, NY, and Project Vortex, a coalition of artist, architects and designers dedicated to working with discarded plastic to reduce the amount of refuse in the world’s oceans. Recent projects include Stayin' Alive, a solo exhibition as part of an Environmental Artist Residency at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, NC, What Goes Around, Comes Around, a work using 9,000 recycled bottles on display in Merrill Lynch’s corporate campus in New Jersey. In 2008, Robson created The Great Indoors, a monumental installation at the Rice University Art Gallery.