Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Somerset artist/lighting designer Bruce Munro has created a beautiful piece of work called 'Field of Light'. It has gone on display recently at the Eden Project in Cornwall, U.K and will remain there until Spring 2009. The Eden Project mounts regular exhibitions by internationally renowned artists. The idea has been in Munro's mind for quite some time and a scaled-down version was exhibited as part of an exhibition at the V&A in 2004.

It took Monroe and five assistants three days to install the piece. They planted 6,000 acrylic stems, through which 24,000 meters of fibre optic cables run. The stems themselves are topped with a clear glass sphere. There are 11 external projectors; the stems themselves hold no electric power at all.

The installation covers an area of 60 x 20 meters. It is best viewed after dark to enjoy the full effect as the piece slowly changes colour; ebbing from blue to pink, yellow, green and white. According to the BBC the piece will be switched on sporadically in the evening; and when required for viewing in order to avoid excessive used of energy.

Munro was inspired to make this piece during a trip through the Australian red desert 15 years ago. Driving along the Stewart Highway he would stop every night at roadside campsites, which are often in stark contrast to the barren desert that surrounds them. He was fascinated by the way the red desert was barren until it rained and then change rapidly as dormant seeds would explode into bloom.

For more info on both Munro and the Eden Project :


Anonymous said...

That is so beautiful

Green of Eye, Sharp of Claw said...

Pretty isn't it?! I'd love a field of these outside my house :)

English Mum said...

Wow, that's beautiful. I thought the same thing - how cool would that be in your garden at Christmas!

Green of Eye, Sharp of Claw said...

Hey EM, can't you just imagine having a go; doing it yourself and managing to cut the neighbourhood/village power supply in the process :P

rochelle at PITH + VIGOR said...

I agree this is stunning...and only 11 projectors! (would that actually cut the village power supply??) Seems you could do alot of lighting with only one projector.
Anyway, - I mention this posting and your blog at my own blog (studio g - maybe you want to to come by and check it out.
Great blog...really enjoyed my visit.

Green of Eye, Sharp of Claw said...

@Rochelle: Thanks for commenting and for the mention on your site!!

Heh now all i gotta do is get a lot of bulbs,lots of fibre optic material and let my imagination run riot :)

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