I decided to wait until the last minute in the last hour on the night before Winter Solstice to go and capture this amazing installation by Bruce Munro. Waddesdon Manor at night was truly amazing and I wish I had spent more time there. All the information for the installation was sourced from Waddesdon Manor. Feast your eyes...
Evolving from Munro's fascination with the development and repetitive use of singular components, each 'bloom' is built around a central spherical core. Partly inspired by his recent work in the United States in several important botanical gardens and conservatories including Longwood, near Philadelphia, Cheekwood in Tennessee, and Fanklin Park in Ohio, the installation uses vibrant colours, akin to those found in tropical plants.
Field of Light
Field of Light is Munro's most well-known and iconic artwork, and his "personal symbol for the good things in life." He has experimented with this site-specific installation's form and created continually changing iterations of it since he first created the work in 2004. The inspiration for the Field of Light was originally conceived during a 1992 trip through central Australia, and the phenomenon of deserts springing magically to life after a rare rainfall.
This version is new and is Munro's World War One commemorative work. It is created in the circular Rose Garden to represent a poppy. The spheres and stems quietly wait until darkness falls and then bloom with gentle rhythms of coloured light.
This new site-specific installation, seen for the first time, is inspired by the term 'Harvest Moon' which refers both to the traditional timing of harvest which coincided with a full moon to lengthen the working day, and to the golden appearance of the moon at harvest time, an optical effect created by the levels of dust in the atmosphere. Munro lives in Wiltshire and notes that "living in the country piques one's awareness of the seasonal calendar and how it affects the landscape." As often with Munro's work, the piece employs familiar objects, in this case 20 cylindrical bales of straw wrapped in plastic, from the Waddesdon Estate, which are given a wholly new dimension as canvases for light. His visual pun yields a bumper crop of full moons.
Gathering of the Clans
This new piece of work evokes Munro's time in Australia where he lived as a young man, working in the esign industry. He and his future wife, moved from Sydney to a house in a sprawling wood of gum trees, close to a beach, where great flocks of birds would congregate. The memory inspired this installation, in which the sounds of cockatoos combines with the iconic Australian Hills Hoist clothes line and fluorescent acrylics to capture the essence of a time and place.
In recent years, Bruce Munro has created a number of sculptural installations using both optical fibre and PET bottles, illuminated from within, for example Water Towers, which featured in the exhibition at Waddesdon last year. Beacon is built on the superstructure of a geodesic dome which supports the glowing bottles. The work was first created in the summer of 2013 to benefit the UK charity 'Cancerkin', and was installed at the top of Long Knoll in Wiltshire, near Munro's home, as a message of hope for cancer sufferers and survivors.