Submitted by Grimanesa Amoros


Client: Ministry of Education and Culture, Spain

Location: Madrid, Spain

Completion date: 2013

Project Team


Grimanesa Amoros


Ministry of Education and Culture, Spain


La Fragua,Tabacalera The building of the former Tobacco Factory of Embajadores is in public ownership and under the Ministry of Culture through the General Directorate of Fine Arts (GDFA). Due to its characteristics, the building is part of the historical heritage and has been listed as Heritage of Cultural Interest. The project is named after by the tobacco manufactured in the building.


On one of my trips to Madrid I was fortunate enough to visit and photograph the magical Tabacalera. Immediately, I thought to myself how wonderful it would be to have the opportunity to create a project in this space. Then, feeling inspired, I asked my guide to save all of the rolling paper for me. I knew I would use this paper one day for my work.

FORTUNA, located in the Tabacalera, is a light sculpture that reflects the history of the old Tobacco factory, which was there before the art center. When a cigar is lit, the papers that surround the tobacco start to disintegrate from the heat. It is the filter, however, that allows the tobacco flavor to come through before it comes to an end. During the 1700s, cigars were widely popular and could be smoked by all. Everyone could be fortunate to own it, hence the concept of sharing. From sharing comes the fortune of doing good for others.

My goal is to build a site-specific installation composed of tubes of different sizes. The different tube sizes will be differentiated according to their thickness. The tone of the tubes will come from white LEDS.


This is the project that I first time to create a light sculpture installation at eye-level. The challenge is how to give viewers awareness of the surroundings.