Night time blossoming in a Field of Light
‘Field of Light’ by world-recognized light designer Bruce Munro is no less than a sky full of stars embedded down on earth. The project was launched in early May 2019 at Sensorio, an immersive exhibition space in Paso Robles, California.
This tremendous oeuvre is a composition of more than 50,000 stemmed frosted-glass spheres which light up with optical fibre. As the night falls the mountain covers itself with a polychromatic illumination transforming the place into a field full of stars.
The artist created this solar-powered installation with the intent to tantalize people to imagine a larger and mysterious world, a consciousness beyond their own existence.
Amusingly, Field of Light was conceived by Bruce Munro on the very same land where it flourished for the first time.
During his visit to Uluru in Northern Australia, the designer was struck by the view of dry land, dead and desert until the rain would come to transform it into a lush field of blooming flowers. Metaphorically, in the Field of Light installation, the night time represents rain, while LED lights are the seeds of flowers ready to blossom.
Hence, he pictured the Field of Light as dormant seeds in the desert, waiting for the night to grow darker and then shimmer in a rhythmic wave.
Bruce Munro describes this creation as a secret sketch, secured for years in the pages of a notebook, but never forgotten: after 12 years, the sketch finally came to life with the first edition of Field of Light in Wiltshire, UK, the artist’s hometown. It was so captivating that it was re-created many times in several different locations, along the water and through forests, in urban squares, on top of buildings and over rocky cliffs.
This far-flung immersive experience has been visited by 200,000 people so far and will remain open to the public until December 2020.