British-based artist Bruce Munro has earned international acclaim for his ethereal, light-based sculptural artworks. Munro’s largest site-specific project to date, “Field of Light at Sensorio,” serves to illuminate the beauty of picturesque Paso Robles in California.
“Bruce Munro: Field of Light at Sensorio” exhibition is comprised of an array of over 58,800 stemmed, solar-powered spheres that gently illuminate the landscape with subtle, morphing blooms of undulating light. Situated in the rolling hills of central California’s wine country, Sensorio’s sprawling 15-acre landscape offered Munro a compelling canvas to bring his ideas to life.
“Field of Light at Sensorio” is the culmination of a 27-year journey to merge landscape and light into something that transports the spectator to a higher plane.
While traveling through Australia’s Red Desert in 1992, Munro was inspired by the heat, energy, and brightness of the landscape. Munro recalls: “I wanted to create an illuminated field of stems that, like the dormant seed in a dry desert, would burst into bloom at dusk with gentle rhythms of light under a blazing blanket of stars.”
Like one of his imagined seeds, Munro’s idea had to germinate.
It was not until his father’s death in 1999 that he realized how much he yearned to connect with the natural world through light. “I noticed from my sketchbooks that I felt most connected with the world when I was immersed within the natural landscape,” Munro told My Modern Met. “I decided to bring these experiences of connection to fruition using light as my medium.”
In 2004, Bruce Munro created the first “Field of Light” installation behind his family home in Wiltshire, UK. Since then, Munro’s signature artwork has graced landscapes and captivated audiences on three continents.
Bruce Munro: Field of Light at Sensorio
Through January 5, 2020
Sensorio, 4380 Highway 46 East, Paso Robles, California
For more information: Visit SensorioPaso.com or Call (805) 226-4287