A sprawling art installation that sees a hilly landscape covered with more than 58,000 solar-powered lights has been unveiled in Paso Robles, California, to mark the launch of the first phase of Sensorio, a new destination for immersive art.
Internationally acclaimed Britain-based artist Bruce Munro recently unveiled his largest site-specific project to date: Field of Light at Sensorio, a sprawling art installation that covers a hilly, countryside landscape with more than 58,800 stemmed fibre-optic lights powered by solar energy. The illuminated composition opened to the public on May 19, 2019, to mark the launch of the first phase of Sensorio.
Installed across a multi-acre landscape, Bruce Munro: Field of Light at Sensorio is a walk-through artwork that gently illuminates the landscape with “subtle blooms of morphing colour”. Munro was inspired to create the installation after a 1992 camping tour of Australia’s red desert centre, where he reflected on how different a desert looks after the rains trigger flower blooms. He sought to recreate that phenomenon with a field of lights that would only bloom after dark. His first iteration of Field of Light was created in 2004, in Wiltshire, UK. Since then, he has been invited to temporarily recreate Field of Light around the world.
Field of Light at Sensorio is Munro’s largest-ever exhibit and his first US exhibit entirely powered by solar. “Munro’s oeuvre aims to transcend time and space by inspiring moments of awareness, inviting viewers to contemplate a world larger and more mysterious than their own existence,” a press release noted. Artworks by Munro have been exhibited in permanent collections of museums around the world.
Munro’s Field of Light epitomises the Sensorio concept, which was created as a thought-provoking destination that explores the intersection of art, technology and nature with “amusing, mystical and kinetic experiences”. Future phases of Sensorio will include exhibits and buildings to be put into place by 2021 as well as a future hotel and conference centre.
Field of Light at Sensorio will remain on display until January 5, 2020.
Via Inhabitat | Photography by Serena Munro