Bruce Munro announces plans for Solar Powered Field of Light at Uluru

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Many of you are aware of Bruce Munro’s dazzling LED ‘Light: Installations’ currently on view until late September in the fields of Pennsylvania’s Longwood Gardens. Well, the famed artist has just announced plans to embark on his largest installation to date – a quarter million solar powered stems of light to cover one square kilometer of land in the heart of the Australian red desert at Uluru (Ayer’s Rock). Fundraising begins today and you can help make it happen.

Continue reading for more information.

 

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The beautiful World Heritage site is both sacred to the Anangu people and seen as a symbol of by many foreigners. Made of Arkosic sandstone, Uluru rises 348 meters above the desert floor allowing it to be visible for miles. During a trip to the red desert in 1992, Munro became transfixed by the barren desert as it was transformed by dormant seeds suddenly bursting into bloom during a rain storm. Thus, making this the birthplace in which Munro first dreamt of the Filed of Light concept.

Munro’s Field of Light at Uluru will consist of 3,290 kilometers of optic fiber and 165 kilometers of recycled 12mm acrylic tube. He is devoted to energy and resource conservation, as well as protecting the land. “We’re going to be extraordinarily careful, and we’re using 500 LED solar-powered illuminators, so that the installation doesn’t waste any power,” Munro stated.

“I consider myself extraordinarily privileged to be invited to work here” said Munro. The desert will be left pristine when Field of Light is dismantled, in October 2013.”

The exhibit is set to open in May 2013. Learn how you can support the project here. The price of each stem is £12 ($18).

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Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Bruce Munro announces plans for Solar Powered Field of Light at Uluru" 29 Jun 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 02 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=250021>