Field of Light by Bruce Munro
Words: “The field of light was originally conceived fifteen years ago during a trip through central Australia. The red desert had an incredible feeling of energy; ideas seemed to radiate from it along with the heat. The field of light installation was one idea that landed in my sketch book and kept on nagging at me… it just had to be done.”
Paul Redman, the Director. “His imaginative works will enchant and amaze our guests with their beauty and ingenuity, but also inspire them to see and experience gardens in a whole new way.”
Light: Installations’ at the Longwood Gardens includes: Forest of Light is a serene forest of 20,000 illuminated stems scattered along a forest walk. Water-Towers is a monumental maze of 69 towers in the water meadow, which seem to move in a monumental glowing dance as they change color in synchronization with music. In Waterlilies, Munro pays homage to Longwood’s iconic water lily by floating platters of shimmering CDs onto the Large Lake. Nearby on the banks, the 7,000-stem Field of Light beckons visitors toward its enchanting glow. Arrow Spring artfully mixes the horticultural splendor of Salvia plants and sparkling LEDs to create a meandering hillside stream.
For Candlelight, in Longwood’s tree house, Munro has placed ceramic candles lit with xenon along the beams and angled mirrors to refract their glowing light. Inside the Conservatory, the Orangery is hung with six Snowballs suspended from the ceiling. Each chandelier is more than nine feet in diameter and encircles 127 glass balls. Light Shower rains more than 1,600 drops of twinkling light over the flooded Fern Floor, creating a magical reflection that intensifies the luminous shower. Finally, the Music Room features a collection of 6 smaller sculptures by Munro – Beach without Sand, Restless Fakir, Gnasher’s Big Raspberry, Boogie Woogie Tower, Rapunzel’s Towers and Mettabhavana.