Bruce Munro’s large-scale, immersive light installations transform deserts, fields, ponds, gardens, and buildings into other-worldly landscapes. His latest, Field Of Light, brings the British artist’s signature work to the site that originally inspired it: Uluru.
“I wanted to create an illuminated field of stems that, like the dormant seed in a dry desert, would burst into bloom at dusk with gentle rhythms of light under a blazing blanket of stars,” Munro says. To achieve his vision, Munro created more than 50,000 slender stalks crowned with frosted-glass spheres. As darkness falls over Australia’s heartland, they blossom into a field of multicoloured orbs and fiber optic cables – a network of kaleidoscopic neurons that took over 2,800 hours to design.
Munro initially conceived the art project while visiting Uluru for the first time in 1992. He was struck by the iconic landscape and, 24 years later, after building light installations around the world, the artist has finally seen his vision realised where its first creative spark was lit.
“I really wanted this to simply be a description of what this place made me feel all those years ago,” Munro says. “It wasn’t me trying to overbear or overlay a concept, it was just me saying thank you to Uluru.”
Field of Light opened on April 1 and will run through the end of March 2017.