Field of Light: 50,000 solar-powered bulbs light up Australia’s Red Desert around Uluru
From Creative Boom on 4th April in Art by Katy Cowan
In 1992, journeying to Uluru through the Red Desert in central Australia, British artist Bruce Munro felt a compelling connection to the energy, heat and brightness of the desert landscape, which he recorded in his ever present sketchbooks.
This year, he travelled back to celebrate this experience through his Field of Light installation – 50,000 solar-powered bulbs that light up a large expanse of Australia’s Red Desert surrounding the famous Uluru, covering an area the size of around four football fields.
Munro recalls: “I wanted to create an illuminated field of stems that, like the dormant seed in a dry desert, would burst into bloom at dusk with gentle rhythms of light under a blazing blanket of stars.”
Having developed the idea for over a decade the first Field of Light was created in the field behind his family home in Wiltshire, and similar installations have since been exhibited across Europe and America. But this year, Munro returned to the very space that inspired him, to Uluru – for his biggest and best installation to date.
The local tribe have named the piece Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku in Pitjantjatjara, meaning “looking at lots of beautiful lights.” You can visit the installation and experience the beautiful Field of Light right up until April 2017. Profits for the exhibition will directly benefit the local community.