Bruce Munro's FIELD OF LIGHT
Field of Light
Discovery Green is proud to host Field of Light, a dazzling art installation by internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Munro. The vivid, temporary, site specific installation is now on display along the Brown Promenade through Feb. 8, 2015 and it is illuminated from 3 to 11 p.m. daily. The prime viewing hours of the exhibit are after dusk.
The art installation is free to view but we respectfully ask that you do not touch the artwork.
About the Art
Munro originally conceived the idea for Field of Light in 1992 during a trip through the red desert of central Australia, when he sketched a landscape of illuminated stems that would wait like dormant seeds in a dry desert, to bloom at night. The idea remained in his sketchbook until 2004, when he finally had space and resources to execute it. It has since been specifically re-imagined for sites across the globe. The Discovery Green Field of Light comprises 4,500 radiant, frosted glass spheres atop slender stems connected by illuminated fiber optic. The spheres and stems wait quietly until dusk and then bloom with gentle rhythms of colored light as darkness falls over the park.
About the Artist
Born in 1959, Bruce Munro completed a B.A. in Fine Arts at Bristol Polytechnic, England. Shortly thereafter he moved to Sydney, where he learned about design and lighting, inspired by Australia's natural light and landscape. Returning to Southwest England in 1992, he settled in Wiltshire. He and his wife Serena have 4 children. 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 2015 he will exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
Bruce Munro is noted for his immersive site-specific installations that employ light to evoke emotional response, often in an outdoor context and on a monumental scale. His practice is a mediation of memory and of moments of shared human connection, and incorporates a fascination for components and an inventive urge for reuse.
"I discovered light as a medium first in my professional career, outside of fine art. I had been a painter in British art schools but needed to earn a living and found myself doing that in Australia, manufacturing display signs using a glowing ultra violet plastic whose properties I just loved. When I decided to work in light, I chose it very carefully because I felt that I had too many thoughts and ideas about everything and I needed some kind of focus. I thought that by working in a medium that was very pure and true I could then have the opportunity to express lots of different ideas that filled my head." - Bruce Munro
Art at Discovery Green
Munro’s installation is the first to be selected by Discovery Green Conservancy’s newly-established fine art committee, comprised of community experts dedicated to bringing the best internationally-recognized fine art to Discovery Green. Chosen for his creative use of light, Munro also shares the park’s commitment to using recycled materials in unexpected ways.
Discovery Green visitors can also enjoy the park’s three iconic public art pieces year-round: Jim Dine’s The House (Heart), Jean Dubuffet’s Monument Au Fantome and Margo Sawyer’s Synchronicity of Color. Also on display until February 8 is Mexican artist Jorge Marín’s Wings of the City.
Field of Light is made possible by a grant from The Brown Foundation, Inc. Additional support provided by a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance and with support from Weingarten Art Group.
"When it comes to culture, the ties between Houston and the UK are just as energised as our oil and gas connections. It’s excellent that Houstonians will have the opportunity to experience the work of such a great and innovative British artist as Bruce Munro. Discovery Green is a local gem and will make for an incredible outdoor gallery for his Field of Light installation.” - British Consul General Andrew Millar
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Images: Bruce Munro, Field of Light 2014. Installation, Discovery Green. Photos by Katya Horner, Slight Clutter Photography.
Video: Bruce Munro - Field of Light at Holburne Museum, Bath. Butley Creek Films, 2011.
Visitors are encouraged to take photographs of Bruce Munro’s artwork, however any commercial use, reproduction or sale, directly or online, of any images is strictly prohibited and may expose violators to civil and criminal penalties. No license is granted, expressed or implied to make commercial use of any of Bruce Munro’s work. Anyone wishing to seek permission for any commercial project should contact Bruce Munro Studio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bruce Munro is also currently exhibiting at Waddeson Manor
Following the success from last year’s Winter Light at Waddesdon trail, artist Bruce Munro continues his residency at Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, England and this year has created an exhibition of seven new immersive and imaginative light works, situated around the Gardens, with one other commission in the White Drawing Room in the House, Snow Code.