‘The unmatched beauty of longwood gardens inspired me in so many ways,’ says Munro, the installation artist. ‘Creating works that speak to the landscape but also enhance the natural beauty of the gardens was an exciting artistic challenge. I hope that guests will see in these works the beauty of melding light and the landscape to become one.’
In late October 2008, Bruce Munro and a team of 5 installed the Field of Light on the grassy roof of the visitor’s centre, called the Link Building, at the Eden Project in Cornwall. They worked over three days to install this version of FoL, made of 6,000 acrylic stems through which fibre optic cables run, each crowned with a clear glass sphere. There are 11 external projectors and each one sends different colours down the fibre to it’s circle of stems. The stems themselves hold no electric power at all. The installation covers an area of 60 x 20 meters, using 24, 000 meters of fibre optic cable and is best viewed after dark.