If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?
“Something that I am passionate about because we get it so wrong is; How we value and remunerate our work?”
If you’ve been lucky enough to travel to Uluru and see the breathtaking light installation at the base of the monolith you’ll be excited to meet my guest today! The ‘Field of Light’ as that art installation is known, was a project that initially was only going to showcase for a few short months but has become so popular that it’s been extended time & again. It truly is a breathtaking sight.
The Field of Light is the brainchild and magical work of British artist Bruce Munro who is very well-known for producing large immersive light-based installations in many locations around the world. These dynamic exhibitions are made up of thousands of components and incredible logistic feats in their own right - let alone being so beautiful and bringing so much joy to all those that see them.
Bruce is an artistic diarist, who has spent over 30 years collecting and recording ideas and images in his sketchbooks, which he returns to over time as source material. Language, literature, science, and music have also greatly influenced his work.
Frequently, Bruce’s subject matter is his own experience of fleeting moments of rapport with the world and existence in its largest sense of being part of life’s essential pattern. His reoccurring motif is the use of light on an environmental scale in order to create an emotional response for the viewer. Bruce completed a B.A. in Fine Arts at Bristol in 1982. Shortly after he moved to Sydney where he worked in design and lighting, inspired by Australia’s natural light and landscape. Returning to England in 1992 he settled in Wiltshire, but his love for Australia was never lost and it was fitting when he finally got to realise his dream to light up the Central desert in such a magical way.
Bruce’s work has been shown at Museums and Botanical Gardens internationally, notably, Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, The Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Waddesdon Manor for the Rothschild Collection, Buckinghamshire; Beyond Limits 2016 for Sothebys at Chatsworth House; Messums, Wiltshire and the Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne. His work Field of Light continues to be exhibited at Uluru, NT, Australia, Sensorio, California, USA and at the LBJ Wildflower Centre in Austin, TX, USA. Bruce’s work is held in private and public museum collections internationally including Cheekwood Garden and Art Museum, TN, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and Texas Tech University TX.
Whilst he’s a global superstar in this world as his work has been featured at Museums and Botanical Gardens internationally, it was Bruce’s down to earth manner and sheer love of creativity and the process that I remembered fondly the first time I met him all those years ago. I’m so happy to be sitting down with him once again. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did - Bruce is such a wonderful being and brings such joy to the world.
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