EXHIBITION – Bruce Munro, Field of Light, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh

St Andrew Square Garden has been transformed into a Field of Light

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Bruce Munro, Field of Light, February 3rd – 27th April 2014 (free)

An enchanting, contemporary light-based art installation that has captured the imaginations of thousands of people across the world has made its first appearance in Scotland.

Field of Light, by British artist Bruce Munro, is currently exhibited within Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square, Edinburgh and will remain there until  27 April 2014.

Opening hours

The Field of Light will be lit from 5pm – midnight every day.

St Andrew Square Garden will be open the following hours during the exhibition:

Sunday -Wednesday 8am to 9pm and Thursday – Saturday 8am to 10pm

Bruce Munro

This is the first public installation of Munro’s work in Scotland, which has delighted audiences around the world over the last five years, and also the first time it has appeared in an urban landscape.

Consisting of 9000 lighted glass orbs rising from illuminated stems, the installation ‘bursts into bloom’ at dusk, when spheres light up and gently change colour into the night. Munro, who created the first Field of Light in the field behind his Wiltshire home, says he was inspired by the heat and brightness of the Red Desert in Australia during a visit in 1992.

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Creating an immersive experience, the eye-catching light show offers residents and visitors to the city a unique perspective on St Andrew Square, enticing them to wander along pathways to view the blanket of light.

Bruce Munro is best known for immersive large-scale mixed-media installations based on his interest in the medium of light. Recording ideas and images in sketchbooks has been his practice for over 30 years; by this means he has captured his responses to stimuli such as music, literature, science, and the world around him for reference, reflection, and subject matter. This tendency has been combined with a liking for components and an inventive urge for reuse, coupled with career training in manufacture of light.

Of the opportunity to present his artwork within Edinburgh, Munro said: “The Field of Light is a bit of a chameleon in that the space changes the work more than the work changes the space. This is an added bonus for me because each new iteration we create delivers new surprises and gives one the distinct feeling that there is life force pulsating within the installation.

“I first had the notion of creating the installation in 1992, whilst travelling through central Australia, the inspiration came from the landscape; it seemed to pulsate from the ground into my consciousness, materialising as a scribbled in my notebook.”

“I was thrilled to be invited to Edinburgh and St Andrew Square is a wonderful and unique location to exhibit in.  The Field of Light is a bit of a chameleon in that the space changes the work more than the work changes the space. This is an added bonus for me because each new iteration we create delivers new surprises and gives one the distinct feeling that there is life force pulsating within the installation.”

The exhibition, which is free to view, is being funded by the City of Edinburgh Council with support from Marketing Edinburgh and Essential Edinburgh.

Information

St Andrew Square Garden will be open the following hours during the exhibition:

Sunday -Wednesday 8am to 9pm and Thursday – Saturday 8am to 10pm

The Field of Light will be lit from 5pm – midnight every day.

You can look at Bruce’s other work on his website.

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