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Field of Light

23 January 2014

An enchanting, contemporary light-based art installation ‘Field of Light’ by British artist Bruce Munro, will make its Scottish debut in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh from February 3rd to April 27th, 2014.

This striking and unusual exhibition of 9,500 lighted glass spheres will rise from the ground on slender stems to create a natural and otherworldly effect through the volume of spheres, the glow of the lights and gentle shapes.

The piece has been conceived to create an immersive experience, inviting people to wander through St Andrew Square along the existing pathways and view the space in a new way.

Bruce Munro is best known for immersive large-scale mixed-media installations based on his interest in the medium of light. Recording ideas and images in sketchbooks has been his practice for over 30 years; by this means he has captured his responses to stimuli such as music, literature, science, and the world around him for reference, reflection, and subject matter. This tendency has been combined with a liking for components and an inventive urge for reuse, coupled with career training in manufacture of light.

Of the opportunity to present his artwork within Edinburgh, Munro said: “The Field of Light is a bit of a chameleon in that the space changes the work more than the work changes the space. This is an added bonus for me because each new iteration we create delivers new surprises and gives one the distinct feeling that there is life force pulsating within the installation.

I first had the notion of creating the installation in 1992, whilst travelling through central Australia, the inspiration came from the landscape; it seemed to pulsate from the ground into my consciousness, materialising as a scribbled in my notebook.”

The exhibition, which is free to view, is being funded by the City of Edinburgh Council with support from Marketing Edinburgh and Essential Edinburgh.

The Field of Light will be lit daily from 5pm – midnight and during the exhibition St Andrew Square Garden will be open from 8am to 9pm Sunday - Wednesday and until 10pm Thursday - Saturday.