Art Bruce Munro continues to illuminate California with “Light Tower”.

Bruce Munro continues to illuminate California with “Light Tower”.

Giulia Guido

Art, technology and nature come together in the works of Bruce Munro, as they do in “Light Tower“, his latest work just opened in California. 

Bruce Munro is a British artist known globally for his immersive installations based on games of light. From his home country of Australia to the United States, Bruce uses his art to create huge works that come to life at night. 

One of the artist’s most famous artworks is ‘Field of Light‘, a work replicated in different parts of the world that transforms the landscape by installing thousands of luminescent spheres planted in the ground through thin stems. The best-known reproduction of “Field of Lights” is the one created in California, not far from the town of Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County.
This area is known for its vineyards and for being home to more than 300 different wineries. The landscape is therefore hilly and the undulating movement of the terrain accompanies the eye to the horizon. 

It was here that Bruce Munro began “planting” his luminescent spheres a couple of years ago, and since then in the evening, as the sun sets, each one lights up with a different colour. The end result is a multicoloured, fluorescent landscape that transforms the landscape into a magical place.

Light at Sensorio“, the name of the exhibition, appears in sixth place on the New York Times’ list of “52 PLACES TO GO IN 2020“. Unfortunately, like all exhibitions and displays, it had to be closed for several months because of the pandemic. A few days ago, on 15 April, it finally reopened its doors and visitors were greeted by a sensational surprise. 

Just a few steps away from the “Field of Lights“, Bruce Munro has created another work of light that comes to life in the evening and can be visited until 30 September. Entitled “Light Towers“, the new immersive installation consists of 69 towers about 1 metre and 80 centimetres high, each consisting of 252 glass bottles (totalling 17,388 bottles) which are illu­mi­nat­ed with glow­ing optic fibers. 

The work pays tribute to the region’s many wine producers, but also to the land and the magnificent landscape that characterizes the entire area. 

Bruce Munro
Bruce Munro
Bruce Munro
Bruce Munro

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Written by Giulia Guido
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