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January 22, 2022

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Australia’s light year

Bruce Munro brings his installation to Uluru

British-artist Bruce Munro conceived of the idea for Field of Light while visiting Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, in central Australia in 1992. Since then, he’s created Field of Light installations in London, Edinburgh, Mexico and throughout the US. April 1saw the realization of Munro’s largest and first solar-powered work in the very place that inspired it. There are more than 50,000 slender stems crowned with frosted-glass spheres in an area the size of four football fields at Ayers Rock Resort. The spheres “bloom” as darkness falls. “Field of Light was one idea that landed in my sketchbook and kept on nagging at me to be done,” said Munro. “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,” he said. “Field of Light is a personal symbol for the good things in life.” The exhibit, named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or “looking at lots of beautiful lights” in local Pitjantjatjara, closes on March 31, 2017. Adults from $35; kids two to 15 $25.

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