Field of Light Installation Transforms Uluru

September 20, 2017

Uluru, otherwise known as Ayers Rock, is an attraction that adorns a million postcards, a sight that has become iconic all around the world. But a newly-opened light installation has given it a whole extra dimension for those who visit after dark.

Field of Light

The nighttime light show, which is the work of British artist Bruce Monro and will run until March 31 next year, is an illuminated field of flowers formed from 50,000 glass stems topped by frosted spheres containing optical fibres. Sunset reveals a beautiful carpet of twinkling lights which covers the desert floor surrounding the great rock: a hidden treat for visitors to this famous landmark who linger until dusk.

Munro, the artist who created the spectacle, explained on his website that the brainwave first came to him in 1992 after being inspired by the “energy, heat and brightness of the desert landscape” on a trip through central Australia to visit Uluru, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Munro first created the work in his backyard in England, before taking it on tour through the UK and North America, where it evolved with the physical landscape of every destination.

“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,” he said.

Designated paths around the installation have been created for visitors to enjoy the lights up close, and it is well worth a visit. The Field of Light has excellent environmentally-friendly credentials, too: the exhibition runs on solar power and will be entirely recycled once it comes to a close.

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