Field of Light

The Field of Light is a large-scale site-specific light-based installation created by British artist Bruce Munro.

Field of Light at the Eden Project.

The sculpture slowly changes colour, creating a shimmering field of light.[1]


Field of Light was originally conceived in 1992, when Munro took a farewell road trip through central Australia with his fiancée (now wife), prior to their return to England, camping at Uluru/Ayer's Rock. To Munro, the red desert had an incredible feeling of energy, ideas seemed to radiate from it along with the heat. "There was a charge in the air that gave me a very immediate feeling which I didn’t fully understand, the artist said, "It was a moment when I felt at one with the world[2]....I recorded thoughts of creating a sculpture on a landscape scale, incongruous in size and location, and experienced by the transient visitors...I saw in my mind a landscape of illuminated stems that, like dormant seeds in a dry desert, quietly wait until darkness falls, under a blazing blanket of southern stars, to bloom with gentle rhythms of light." The Field of Light installation was one idea that landed in the artist's sketch book and refused to dislodge from his mind, until finally realized for the first time in 2004.[3]'

Munro made his first prototype Field of LIght for London's Harvey Nichols department store. Shortly after Field of Light was exhibited at the ''Brilliant!'' Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2004, Munro developed a larger version of the installation for Long Knoll Field in Wiltshire –a field adjacent to his studio that is bisected by a public footpath.[4] Subsequently, Munro has continued to produce site-specific iterations of the artwork in a number of places, often as one element among many within a large solo exhibition.

List of installation sitesEdit

The Field of Light has been installed at:


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  6. ^ Higgins, Adrian (19 September 2012). "At Longwood Gardens, Bruce Munro sees the light". Washington Post.
  7. ^ Gazsi, Mélina (31 July 2013). "Manoir, mon beau manoir". Le Monde.
  8. ^ Jones, MiChelle (24 May 2013). "Cheekwood sets summer nights aglow with Bruce Munro's 'Light'". The Tennessean.
  9. ^ Rory, Reynolds (January 23, 2014). "Edinburgh set for Field of Light art installation". The Scotsman.
  10. ^ "Discovery Green sees the light with new art installation". Houston Chronicle. November 21, 2014.
  11. ^ Joiner, Dorothy (Summer 2015). "Bruce Munro at Atlanta Botanical Garden". World Sculpture News: 59–60.
  12. ^ Wilczek, Frank (February 26, 2016). "What Would It Be Like to Walk Through the Mind? Physicist Frank Wilczek on a mind-bending experience in the desert". Wall Street Journal.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Delaney, Brigid (2016-03-31). "Bruce Munro's Field of Light". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-12.

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