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Marguerite Humeau’s Orisons is a subtle, 160-acre earthwork that transforms an unfarmable plot of land in Colorado’s San Luis Valley into a place of reverence, honoring its expansive history, existing ecosystem, and imaginable futures. Located in Hooper, Colorado, the work consists of the land in its entirety, as well as a series of eighty-four kinetic and interactive sculptures that invoke the land’s histories and vast network of interrelations. Dozens of whistling and rhythmic, plant-like sculptures inspired by the native and nomadic vegetation become activated by the wind, a legendary force in the valley, to summon the site’s energies. Also a part of the work are large-scale sculptures that hover over the ground and visually reference the outstretched wings of Sandhill Cranes, iconic birds that migrate through the region, which visitors can lay upon.

Humeau is known for creating artworks that form semi-mythical ecosystems. In her practice, she poetically resuscitates extinct or forgotten worlds and weaves factual events into speculative narratives. For Orisons, Humeau turned her attention to the San Luis Valley, an alpine valley with a rich history of agriculture and home of the oldest continuous water rights in Colorado. This region, along with the Southwest United States, is amid a megadrought due to the changing climate. Developing Orisons in response to these urgencies, Humeau has worked closely with fourth generation San Luis Valley farmers, Jones Farms Organics, and has also extensively researched the site and consulted a wide array of experts—local agronomists, resource conservationists, historians, wildlife refuges, ornithologists, and indigenous communities, among others.

Altogether, Orisons, meaning prayers, deeply acknowledges this specific site in the San Luis Valley, attempting to link all of its complex bonds and invoke a sense of wholeness that traverses time and space, revealing the immensity of our world.

“I wanted to collaborate with all the living beings who were living there or passing through. The land is the artwork, and I wanted to celebrate it and every being on it, as well as reconnect it and its inhabitants with their presents, pasts, and futures.”

—Marguerite Humeau, Artist

Research and Development
  • Jones Farm Organics (Landowners and Fourth Generation Local Farmers)
  • United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Pivot Irrigation System Experts
Conservation / Soil Health
  • Agronomists
  • Soil Scientists
  • Rangeland Management Specialists
  • Resource Conservationists
  • Soil Health Services, PBC
  • Static Compost Specialists
  • Soil Regeneration Specialists
  • Water Conservationists
Ornithology / Wildlife
  • Monte Vista Crane Wildlife Refuge
  • Monte Vista Crane Festival
  • Local Field Ornithologists
  • Sandhill Crane Experts
  • San Luis Valley Bird Watchers
Ecology / Biology
  • University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Flora and Fauna Researchers
Mythology / Parapsychology
  • Geomancers
  • Psychics
  • Thunderbird and Rainmaking Rituals
  • Mythologies Researchers
  • Comparative Mythology Researchers
Landscape Architecture
  • MKSK Landscape Design Firm
  • Landscape Architects and Designers
San Luis Valley / History
  • Southern Ute Tribe
  • Montezuma Land Conservancy
  • Community Members
  • San Luis Valley Local Food Coalition
  • The Dish SLV
  • Alamosa County
  • Musicians
  • Musical Instrument Designers
  • Percussion Experts
  • Kinetic Instruments Engineers
Construction / Engineering
  • Demiurge
  • Format Engineers
  • Yetiweurks
  • Rammed Earth Specialists
  • Adobe Experts
  • Cooley & Sons Excavating
  • Snow Fence Engineers
Fabrication / Design
  • Millimetre
  • Jamps Studio
  • InCord
  • Art Fabricators
  • Net Fabricators
  • 3D Designers
Craft / Material Studies
  • Mosaicists
  • Ceramicists
  • Wood Carvers
  • Natural Dye Specialists


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About Black Cube

Founded in 2015, Black Cube Nomadic Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Colorado that produces site-specific contemporary art in the public realm throughout the United States and abroad. Unlike stationary museums defined by their permanent architecture, Black Cube operates nomadically. The organization endeavors to nurture the sustainability of today’s artists and inspire audiences across the globe to discover contemporary art beyond the confines of a gallery. Open, experimental, and flexible, Black Cube relies deeply upon collaboration and the willingness to explore bold ideas.

Orisons is the culmination of Marguerite Humeau’s Black Cube Artist Fellowship, which she joined in 2021. The program is an intensive fellowship that guides artists through the production of an ambitious, new, site-specific artwork. Black Cube creates a critical space for contemporary artists to take risks and push the boundaries of artmaking. Projects can take place in or outside of the United States.