Beautiful light installation illuminates America's iconic Longwood Gardens
Bruce Munro has recently opened his first solo exhibition in the US in Longwood gardens. Longwood Gardens has a special place in east-coaster’s hearts and is one of the great display gardens of the world. The historic gardens have antique glasshouses not dissimilar to those at Kew Gardens outside London, and they regularly feature world-class musical and arts events as well as educational programmes.
Munro’s ‘light’ consists of six large-scale outdoor installations, two installations within the 4-acre grand conservatory, and a small collection of illuminated sculptures in the music room. There are many new works by the Wiltshire-based Munro as well as never-before-seen views of Longwood at night.
“The unmatched beauty of Longwood Gardens inspired me in so many ways,” said Munro. “It’s been an exciting artistic challenge. I hope that guests will see in these works the beauty of melding light and landscape to become one.”
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 colour in synchronisation with music. In Water lilies, Munro pays homage to Longwood’s water lily by floating platters of shimmering CD’s 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 splendour of salvia plants and sparkling LED’s 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.