Field of Light by Bruce Munro to open at Ayers Rock Resort

Internationally recognised artist Bruce Munro’s installation, Field of Light Uluru, will open on April 1, 2016 at Ayers Rock Resort in Uluru, Australia

By: FE Online | Published: March 31, 2016 6:08 PM

UluruInternationally recognised artist Bruce Munro’s installation, Field of Light Uluru, will open on April 1, 2016 at Ayers Rock Resort in Uluru, Australia. 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 over an area the size of four football fields. It is also the artist’s first work to be illuminated through solar power. The spheres, connected via illuminated optical fibre, will bloom in darkness. Pathways created by the artwork will draw viewers into the installation, which will come to life under a sky with stars.

British artist Bruce Munro is best known for producing monumental light-based installations. Munro conceived the idea for the Field of Light while visiting Uluru in 1992, but it wasn’t until 2004 that the artist was first able to realise it for London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, followed by a larger iteration in a field behind his home. Field of Light has since captivated visitors in differing site-specific iterations at locations across the United Kingdom, the United States and Mexico.

“Field of Light was one idea that landed in my sketchbook and kept on nagging at me to be done. I saw in my mind a landscape of illuminated stems that, like the dormant seed in a dry desert, quietly wait until darkness falls, under a blazing blanket of southern stars, to bloom with gentle rhythms of light. Field of Light is a personal symbol for the good things in life,” said Munro.

“Field of Light Uluru presents a unique opportunity for guests to enjoy not only the spiritual nature of the destination, but experience it in a unique and mesmerising way,” said Voyages Executive general manager – sales, marketing and distribution, Ray Stone.

Guests to Ayers Rock Resort can experience the installation in a number of ways, with options including a two hour visit, a Night at Field of Light dining experience and the option to enjoy at sunrise. The exhibition, named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pitjantjatjara, will be in place for a full year throughout the desert’s distinct seasons, and will close on March 31, 2017.

“Logistics for a project such as this are immense, and we are fortunate to have the expertise of Qantas, the official airline partner of the Field of Light, who transported the unique stems of light all the way from the Bruce Munro Studio directly to Ayers Rock Airport,” added Stone

The Qantas Group transported the stems, weighing in total approximately 15 tonnes, more than 19,000 km over 32 international and domestic flights to Australia.

Alison Webster, freight executive manager, Qantas, “We are thrilled, as Australia’s national carrier, to be involved in this unique project which quite literally shines a spotlight on one of the most breathtaking and special places in the world, Uluru.”

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