By Karissa Rosenfield
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Visitors poured into Longwood Gardens this past Saturday to see 23-acres of breathtaking ‘Light: Installations’ by artist Bruce Munro. Although Munro describes the installations as simply “sketchbook jottings realized”, this “large-scale one-man-show” is anything but a simple feat. Eight large outdoor installations, two installations within the 4-acre Grand Conservatory and a collection of illuminated sculptures in the Music Room are keeping visitors mesmerized for hours.
Munro’s ‘Light: Installations’ are being shown for the first time outside of the UK. They will remain open until September 29th this year. Continue reading for more images and information.
‘Light: Installations’ at the Longwood Gardens includes:
Forest of Light is a serene forest of 20,000 illuminated stems scattered along a forest walk.
Water-Towers is a monumental maze of 69 towers in the water meadow, which seem to move in a monumental glowing dance as they change color in synchronization with music.
In Waterlilies, Munro pays homage to Longwood’s iconic water lily by floating platters of shimmering CDs onto the Large Lake.
Nearby on the banks, the 7,000-stem Field of Light beckons visitors toward its enchanting glow.
Arrow Spring artfully mixes the horticultural splendor of Salvia plants and sparkling LEDs to create a meandering hillside stream.
For Candlelight, in Longwood’s tree house, Munro has placed ceramic candles lit with xenon along the beams and angled mirrors to refract their glowing light.
Inside the Conservatory, the Orangery is hung with six Snowballs suspended from the ceiling. Each chandelier is more than nine feet in diameter and encircles 127 glass balls.
Light Shower rains more than 1,600 drops of twinkling light over the flooded Fern Floor, creating a magical reflection that intensifies the luminous shower.
Finally, the Music Room features a collection of 6 smaller sculptures by Munro – Beach without Sand, Restless Fakir, Gnasher’s Big Raspberry, Boogie Woogie Tower, Rapunzel’s Towers and Mettabhavana.