Art Basel Cities Week

‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’ Catalog

September 6 – 12, 2018

Luciana Lamothe

Starting Zone, 2018

Plaza República Oriental del Uruguay


Starting Zone, 2018
Metal pipes, plywood, clamps  
6.4 m x 6.4 m

Luciana Lamothe, whose interactive installations blur the line between architecture and sculpture, has constructed an open-air tower in a green space of the Plaza República Oriental del Uruguay. Her works, referencing the design of tension bridges, walkways, porches, and other constructed, in-between spaces, are usually made from industrial materials such as plywood, scaffolding pipes, and iron. These are left uncovered, as if a section of a building has been sliced open and the outer layers peeled away. The viewer not only sees the sort of internal structure that would otherwise be invisible, but is invited to climb on, sit in, stand on, and interact with it, as with Starting Zone: viewers may mount the metal and plywood tower and assume a bird’s-eye view of the plaza that had never before existed. With construction methods that are apparent, vulnerable, and anxious – the tower is held together only by clamps – visitors may feel a euphoric lightness, as if suspended in air, or a crippling vertigo, as they realize the fragility of the built spaces we inhabit.

Architect: Guillermo Mirochnic, iRarquitectura
Assistants: Pablo laguarigue, Gabriel Fortunato Chalabe

This artwork has been realized with assistance from the Ministry of Ambient and Public Space of the City of Buenos Aires. Special thanks to Tenaris for helping realize the work, and to Adriana Rosenberg and Florencia Solé for their support.

Related Event

  • Artist Talk  |  Saturday, September 8, Plaza República Oriental del Uruguay, 4:15pm-5pm

Visitor Information

  • Plaza República Oriental del Uruguay, near Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 2900, between Austria and Tagle, Recoleta 
  • Thursday, September 6, through Wednesday, September 12, 10am-8pm
  • Free entry, no ticket required
  • Children must be accompanied by adults. Not recommended for people suffering vertigo.


Born 1975 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina    

Luciana Lamothe is an installation artist known for kinetic sculptures resembling architectural elements. She received a degree from the National School of Fine Arts Prilidiano Pueyrredon, Buenos Aires, in 1999, and studied under Guillermo Kuitca at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella between 2010 and 2011. In 2011, she was the recipient of the First Prize of the Lichter Art Award in Frankfurt, Germany, and the First Prize of the Itaú Cultural Award, Buenos Aires. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Contacto’ at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (2013); ‘Metasbilad’ at Prisma KH, Buenos Aires (2016); and ‘Ensayos de Abertura’ at Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires (2018). Her work was included in the Berlin Biennale (2008); ‘Arte in Loco’, at the Da Maré Museum, Rio de Janeiro (2010), ‘Fluiten in het donker’ at De Appel, Amsterdam (2011); the Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art (2011); and ‘Nouvelles Vagues’, at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); the Bienal de Montevideo (2016); and ‘Lugar: Contingencias de uso’ at the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela (2017).

The artist is represented by Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires; Steve Turner, Los Angeles; and Galleria Alberta Pane, Paris and Venice.