Bruce Munro Exhibits Light-Based Works at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Beg. Today
Acclaimed British artist Bruce Munro will debut an exhibition of light-based installations and gallery works at Columbus' Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens today, September 25, 2013. The exhibition, Bruce Munro: Light at Franklin Park Conservatory, will introduce work never before seen in the U.S.
Munro's Light will transform the Conservatory's 83,000 square feet of indoor environments and three outdoor courtyards, creating a captivating nighttime experience. Ten large-scale site-specific installations will be displayed, four of them new works created uniquely for the Conservatory. Field of Light, perhaps one of Munro's most iconic artworks, consists of nearly 3,000 lighted glass spheres springing from a courtyard garden. In the Bonsai Courtyard, Water-Towers, monumental structures made of plastic water bottles, glow and change color to synchronized music.
"Bruce Munro's Light is another exciting chapter in the Conservatory's decade-long program of providing visually inspiring, world-class art that complements our unique spaces and plant collections," said Bruce A. Harkey, Executive Director of Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. "We are privileged to be able to introduce these immersive artworks to Columbus, Central Ohio and the region. We are confident that Light will provide our visitors with a pleasurable, beautiful, engaging, and memorable experience. "
The exhibition immerses visitors in a grand experience:
- Nearly 60 miles of optical fiber illuminate the exhibition.
- In addition, more than 5,700 plastic bottles, nearly 3,000 glass spheres, and 48 light projectors are included in Light.
- More than 4,000 man hours went into creating Light in the U.K., and an additional 1,400 hours went into installing the exhibition at the Conservatory.
This solo exhibition will be Munro's third in the U.S. The first in 2012 at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. drew critical acclaim and hundreds of thousands of visitors. Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art in Nashville opened the second U.S. exhibition in May, 2013.
"Every garden has a unique feature," Bruce Munro said. "This exhibition is more about a voyage around the garden rather than a series of stops and starts. It's important that people take away the whole memory of their visit...the sum of the whole being greater than the individual parts."