“We are delighted to reveal the first images of Field of Light Uluru – internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro’s immersive installation in the spiritual heart of Australia, opening on April 1.”
So says Merryn Andrews, of Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia.
What do you think? Don’t be influenced by the date. The show is for real.
Ms Andrews continues: “In keeping with the desert’s vast scale this is Munro’s largest work to date. More than 50,000 slender stems crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres cover an area the size of four football fields. It is also the artist’s first work to be illuminated through solar power.
This is how the Hermitage website describes the artist: “Bruce Munro is best known for immersive large-scale mixed-media installations based on his interest in the medium of light.
“Recording ideas and images in sketchbooks has been his practice for over 40 years; by this means he has captured his responses to stimuli such as music, literature, science, and the world around him for reference, reflection, and subject matter. As a result Munro produces both monumental temporary experiential artworks as well as intimate story-pieces.
“His work has been exhibited by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Waddesdon Manor, the de Rothschild Foundation, Buckinghamshire; and the Guggenheim Museum, New York.
“In the United States, he has found that botanical gardens provide the generous space many of his outdoor pieces require and he has had solo exhibitions at Longwood Gardens, Cheekwood Museum and Gardens, and Franklin Park Conservatory.”
Photos by Mark Pickthall.