Whether he is directing an opera or play or designing a work for the theater or for a public space, Robert Wilson always starts with light. Without light, there is no space. Wilson has often said that time is a vertical line from the center of the earth to the heavens, and space is an endless horizontal line. This cross between time and space, this tension between the vertical and the horizontal, is the basic architecture of everything.
Reflecting on time, space and light, Wilson proposes two distinct and interconnected pieces for Noor Riyadh 2021: on the one hand, a radiant sculpture representing the moon, cosmic cauldron of light, symbolically lit on Noor Riyadh’s opening night and irradiating its peaceful incandescence onto civilization. On the other, an artwork developed for the Salwa Palace and inspired by the unique landscape surrounding it. A heartbeat in the desert – a light installation in constant evolution, testifying to both the fragility and resilience of life.