(Above) Field of Light. © Mark Pickthall
Exhibtion Preview: Field of Light is running at The Eden Project until Spring 2009.
Visitors to the Eden Project this winter have the chance to see a massive 20 x 60metre fibre optic light installation called the Field of Light.
The installation has 6,000 stems, uses more than 24,000 meters of fibre and is best seen in the darker winter months.
Artist Bruce Munro said: “Light has always played a major part in my life and work. For me, it is a natural medium to use. Deserts have many incongruities, they are infertile barren places until it rains, and then they bloom like a veritable Eden.”
Munro’s Field of Light was first seen in a scaled down form at the V&A Museum in 2004 and the format and design of the installation has evolved over the years and has been shown in a number of different fields.
“The idea was originally conceived fifteen years ago during a trip through central Australia. The red desert had an incredible energy; ideas seemed to radiate from it along with the heat."
“The field of light installation was one idea that landed in my sketchbook and kept on nagging at me…. It just had to be done.”
He added: “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 bloom with gentle rhythms of light. One's attention is thus drawn to the nature that surrounds the installation as well as the field of light itself.”