Waddesdon Manor hosts spectacular Bruce Munro light installation Cantus Actricus

By Mark Sheerin | 24 April 2013

Exhibition preview: Bruce Munro -  Cantus Arcticus: An Arctic Landscape Imagined Through Light and Sound, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, until October 27 2013

Colour photo of a woman in a light installation surrounded by curtains of light
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Waddesdon’s working aviary has a bit of nearby competition, in the form of flitting shadows in a site specific light show inspired by the birds of the Arctic Tundra.

In fact, Munro's new piece in the Coach House was inspired by the birdsong in an eponymous piece of music by Finnish composer Einohujani Rautavaara.

As one might expect from the British artist and lighting designer, the arctic-themed installation also draws inspiration and colour from the Northern Lights. Curtains of light shimmer. Fibre optic cables and mirrors give the local illusion of infinity. And all is set to Rautavaara’s 1928 score.

Waddesdon is fast becoming the very best place in the UK to view light art. Munro is building on the seasonal success of Blue Moon on a Platter and Angel of Light, both of which could be seen in the 2012 Christmas season. Between November and January 2014, six more commissions are slated to go on show here.

"Bruce has used Waddesdon as his canvas to create a series of extraordinary responses to the place in colour, light and sound which are witty, challenging and moving. He harnesses the emotional power and magic of light in a way which our visitors will love.” said Pippa Shirley, the Head of Collections at the National Trust Property.

She goes on to stress the venues commitment to light art, which “everyone, from young to old, can enjoy.” See for yourself with the video below.

  • Open 12pm-4pm (11am-4pm Saturday and Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday). Admission £18/£9). Follow the manor on Twitter @waddesdonmanor.

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