The magnificent outback art installation, Field of Light Uluru, has commenced its second season and will continue to delight visitors to the red centre until March 2018.
Internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro’s captivating display located at Ayers Rock Resort opened to critical acclaim and has exceeded all expectations with its stunning, magical beauty.
The exhibition, named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in the local Pitjantjatjara language, is Munro’s largest work to date with more than 50,000 slender stems crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres over an area the size of four football fields.
It is also the artist’s first work to be illuminated entirely through solar power. The spheres, connected via illuminated optical fibre, bloom as darkness falls. Pathways draw viewers into the artwork, which comes to life under a sky brilliant with stars.
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“Field of Light was one idea that landed in my sketchbook and kept on nagging at me to be done,” said Mr Munro. “I saw in my mind a landscape of illuminated stems that, like dormant seeds in a dry desert, quietly wait until darkness falls, under a blazing blanket of southern stars, to bloom with gentle rhythms of light.
“I am greatly moved and humbled by the enormous response to the artwork. It’s obvious the combination of the exhibition and a canvas as visceral as this – flourishing from red dirt and tufts of spinifex, in the shadows of nature’s biggest shape-shifter, Uluru, is immensely powerful to people.”
To celebrate the launch of the work’s second season, local painters Pamela Taylor and Beryl De Rose created, Tili Tjuta, meaning ‘many lights’, inspired by the Field of Light Uluru.
The painting introduces a new story on canvas about the Field of Light creation underneath a beautiful desert night sky where each night, the stars depict ‘Tjurkurpa’ (creation stories).
The artists were inspired by the changing colours of the landscape as the sun set and the way that the evening enhanced the colours.
On seeing the artwork for the first time, Bruce commented,”The painting makes perfect sense, it looks just like I felt when I first visited Uluru. Simply said, the Field of Light is an expression of connection and that is what is depicted here.”