Wiltshire hill transformed into large illuminated breast

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A chalk hill has been transformed into what looks like a giant illuminated breast for a UK cancer charity.

Wiltshire-based light artist Bruce Munro installed a glowing dome on the top of Long Knoll in Kilmington.

He is supporting the charity Cancerkin after a friend died from breast cancer.

The "Beacon On The Hill" is made of thousands of plastic bottles and was due to be lit last year but the event was delayed by the weather.

The beacon was lit at about 20:00 BST on Saturday.

'Huge challenge'

The dome is 5m by 3m (16ft x 10ft) and the plastic bottles are filled with pink and blue fibre optics which are visible for miles.

Mr Munro said he felt creating the installation was a "natural way" to give something back to his friend who died.

"The message is one of hope. To try to give all those people who are not only suffering, but who might know people suffering from this terrible illness and to bring awareness of this illness that affects grandmothers, mothers, and daughters, and even men.

"It is something we need to be aware of and we need help and donations."

He added: "There is a massive amount of work that has gone into this, but we are shipping it off to an exhibition in the states, so it will have two or three days on the hill and then sadly we have to take it down."

Mr Munro is best known for his lighting installation Field of Light and his CDSea of 600,000 unwanted CDs, both of which he installed in a 10-acre field close to his Wiltshire home.

Cancerkin has invited people to sponsor each of the 2,730 bottles.

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