Bruce Munro was first inspired to create his fields of light while traveling through Australia’s red desert in 1992. He was amazed by the endless fields of flowers that burst up from the barren expanse when it rains, so he developed a low-energy lighting installation to bring the phenomenon to other locales. Munro says “My aim is to make this an event shared in every aspect with as many people in Australia as possible.”
The artist’s latest installation will aim to do just that – the national park at Ayer’s Rock (which is also called Uluru) spans 311,000 acres, and Munro and his team will take six weeks to install his largest installation yet. Field of Light at Uluru will consist of 3,290 kilometers of optical fiber and it will be entirely powered by solar energy. Munro says that his team will take every effort to protect the landscape: “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.” The installation will lend a gentle light to the massive rock formation that will last for about 4 hours from dusk to evening, using up the solar energy stored during the day.
The exhibit is set to open in May 2013 and it will run until the end of October. If you’d like to be a part of the project, support it today – £12 (about $18) will cover the cost of creating and planting a single stem.
Photos by Mark Pickthall, lead render by Stephen Weeks