In aid of a Mexican charity, around
20 artists and designers were given a
blank canvas in the shape of a wall light
WORDS: Jill Entwistle
PICTURES: Pedro Luján Vales
Towards the end of last year, UK company Astro Lighting joined forces with its partner in Mexico City, lighting specialist Diez Company, to help raise money for Mexican charity Pro Mujeres Cautivas through a project
called Luces de Libertad, or Lights for Freedom.
Pro Mujeres Cautivas is a charity dedicated to
supporting women released from prison, helping
them to readjust to society. Some 10,000 women are
currently held in Mexican prisons, usually because
they are too poor to afford bail and therefore haven’t
even been sentenced. Many of those released turn to
a life of crime as a result of their inescapable poverty.
The organisation provides training opportunities and
support for the women to help them find employment.
Some 20 international artists and designers, a number
Mexican born, were invited to use one of three formats
of Astro’s Eclipse wall fitting as a blank canvas to create
a piece of art based on the concept of freedom.
Exhibited as part of Design Week Mexico, the resultant
artworks were auctioned, raising $26,500.
Astro’s Eclipse wall fitting, used as a canvas for works
of art based on the theme of freedom