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Field of Light
The Field of Light

Field of Light

If you've travelled through Kilmington near Bruton recently, and wondered what the strange lights emanating from the area are all about, they're actually due to a newly installed light sculpture, created by Somerset artist Bruce Munro.

Field of Light

Field of Light comprises over 15,000 individual lights. 'Planted' in a field of wild grasses and a crop of clover and barley, the sculpture slowly changes colour, transforming from blue to pink, yellow, green and back to white.

Aiming to capture the movement of light across the landscape, throughout the seasons, creator Bruce Munro said: "Light has always played a major part in my life and work and, therefore for me, it is a natural medium to use.

"By placing an alien installation in the midst of nature, the enormous contrast created allows people to literally see the wood from the trees."

Natural inspiration

Bruce, a lighting designer with over 25 years of industry experience, first had the idea for Field of Light in the early 1990s, during a visit to the Australian Red Desert.

Bruce Munro
Bruce Munro

"Deserts have many incongruities. They are infertile, barren places until it rains, and then they bloom like a veritable Eden," Bruce said.

"I wanted to create a field of light stems, that, like the dormant seed in a dry desert, would quietly wait until darkness falls, and then, under a blazing blanket of southern stars, would bloom with gentle rhythms of light."

By combining art and science alongside the elements of nature, Bruce hopes the installation will not only make people stop and look, but also open up discussions about the field's artistic and educational aspects.

Glimpses of nature's guises

Bruce trialled the installation, in miniature form, in the windows of Harvey Nichols, and as part of the Brilliant exhibition at the V&A, in London.

Field of Light

Electing to build the real thing in his garden, Bruce said: "Under the shadow of an ancient hill in southwest England, the Field of Light will shimmer its way through the seasons, presenting a myriad of opportunities for passers-by to catch glimpses of nature's guises.

"I am hopeful that it will inspire both young and old to take from it and create something of their own to pass on in turn to others."

To limit excessive use of energy, Field of Light will be switched on sporadically in the evenings and when required for viewing.

last updated: 21/03/06
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Stephen Abrahall
Came upon your field in daylight with a north American friend who was bold enough to knock on your door last winter. You kindly showed us how to switch it all on, and we returned next night with friends and were astounded and awestruck. You said it was headed for the Eden Project in Spring 2006 - did that happen? have you thought of doing something with the Glastonbury Festival in '07?

Bernadette Katchi
Hi Bruce. Your piece on the webs looks fantastic, it's a shame I don't live near you so I can see if for myself. Thank you for asking for any donations to be sent to Ty Hafan. I work in the office of the Hospice and we need £2.3million every year to keep it going. It is thanks to people like you that we can provide our children with a quality of life. For your information, any donations should be sent to 'The Appeals Office' Ty Hafan, Hamard House, Cardiff Road, Barry, The Vale of Glamorgan, CF63 2BE. Thank you once again, and keep on lighting up lives.

[Ed: I have added a link to the Hospice on the right]

Debbie Dunnett
It was wonderful I could have stopped and gazed for ever. My friend and I saw harbour lights,ships and cities in the distance. Well worth the 'adventure' we had finding it!

bruce munro
thanks for all the posotive comments and thanks for comming to see the installation. For those concerned about power consumption please do not be overally concerned as we turn it on for an average of one hour per night. The fibre optics are an excellent way to split light...the power cosumption is approximately the same turning the lights on in the house. My family pays for the electricity and the installation is free for all to see. If anyone would like to make a financial contribution please send it to Ty Hafan childrens hospice near Cardif; appologies I do not know the address but you can find it on the internet. Thanks again, keep the comments comming. bruce

allan franks
fantastic, looking forward to the next!

paul barker
The furthest parts looked like ocean liners in harbour with a fluorescent sea under the Winter full moon

Pippa Goldfinger
Field of Light is beautiful, magical and mysterious. The clusters of light appear strangely distant like cities or ocean liners. As the lights warmed up in the darkness (we switched them on ourselves!) my 7 year old son thought they were moths or fireflies. It's also wonderful to see something like this in such a rural setting. More please!

Mya Buttreeks
I'm planning on doing a sculpture on light and reflections for my A-level and I was told to look for Bruce Munro. It reminds me of jellyfish and presents a kind of tranquil and delicate atmosphere which is soothing to the eye and places you into a state of serenity. I feel that I shall relate to this in my coursework and follow certain themes in his work.

Ah! at last... an installation of real beauty! This is so refreshing and very clever. Not many, I am sure will appreciate the amount of hard work that has gone into creating this amazing Field of Light ... I hope that Bruce Munro gets the all the publicity he deserves ...and the right publicity at that! It is up to us who promote artists to realise a good thing when we see one ..and this is such a thing! Fab!

I'm heading that way end of Feb does anyone know if they will they still be there or will they be in Eden by then?

dom wilson
nice to see some real art still being produced these days, it seems to me that the only decent stuff is made outside of the galleries.

Kate Moore
Just been to the field...absolutely beautiful, we were completely bowled over. It is extraordinary how the lights never seem to change when you are looking at them but suddenly you realize they have totally changed colour, you see the changes out of the corner of your eye which is how you see in the dark anyway. A feeling of city and runway and nature with quite a bit of Hattifatner too. Going back to see it again in twilight and with teenagers. Thank you.

crysse Morrison
I went to see this last night and was totally stunned. The light changes are awesome, and while each planting, or pool, of individual light blooms is stunningly beautiful in a neo-naturalistic way, they combine to make an extraordinary landscape that looks like something from another planet. The far installations, in the darkness, looked like distant cities.

Sharon Jacksties
This is the best installation I can remember seeing. How long will it be going on for as I would like to bring more people to see it. Did you have a chance to see it in the snow? Many thanks for your inspiring piece.

The sculpture is magical, and so inspires me, that I shall ride out there over Christmas, and be fascinated. With regard to pollution, there are more than 15,000 computers in the world, all doing considerably worse for the environment. It being very interesting then, that people who object, actually e-mail instead of write a letter by candle light with quill,ink and parchment. Something that makes people smile cannot be all bad.

Caroline L-Jones
They are absolutely magical. Saw them for myself this summer. I Read this week in the Mail that they were going to be moved to The Eden project in Cornwall.How will they do it? Arent they all wired under ground? And will they come back? Caroline

Ann Mackenzie
Looks wonderful at night, but how does it look through the day?

Daphne Quinn
I can only see it on the internet but it looks fantastic. I am from Australia and I have been in the deserts you speak of at night - and seen them in bright moon and starlight. Its a sacred experience. I start an arts design course next year and never even considered lighting design but after seeing your work yes, i actually am inspired to have a good think about my direction. Thank you.

Ian Tett from Westonzoyland
A field of lights would be an impressive sight but what would be the true cost! In an age where we are all meant to be more environmentally aware is this sort of art in keeping. If we all build field of light gardens even on a small scale it would have huge impact on energy consumption within the UK. It has been well documented over the last few years that many of the UK’s power stations are now reaching the end of there lives and need to be replaced. How we replace the power stations and what with is a different topic but what I do know is we are using more energy per person than ever before. It will only take 1 major DIY chain store to copy this form of art and mass produce it to create yet more energy consumption. In my opinion I can’t help but feel this is unnecessary pollution in the name of Art. Ask yourself this question would you allow a wind turbine or some sort of renewable energy source be built in your garden to power this Art? If the answer is no then ask yourself why not. The point I am trying to make is sacrifices have to be made to produce electricity so why should the environment be sacrificed to pay for ART.

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