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Bruce Munro is a British installation artist. Munro is best known for lighting installations such as Field of Light, which was first exhibited at the V&A Museum in 2004. His work was featured as an example of outstanding lighting design in the book by Design Museum titled How to Design a Light, published by Conran Octopus in October 2010.
Bruce Munro was born in London in 1959 and studied fine art at Bristol Polytechnic. He moved to Australia in 1984, where he created a commercial design company providing advertising signage for corporate clients such as Qantas and Honda. On his return to the UK in 2002 he set up as a lighting designer.
Since then Munro has taken part in a group exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York called 'Contemplating the Void' from February–April 2010, celebrating the inspirational rotunda of the building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Shortly after Field of Light was exhibited at the Brilliant! exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2004, Munro developed a larger scale version for Long Knoll Field in Wiltshire; a field adjacent to his workshop that is bisected by a public footpath. It remained in place for one year from 2004 to 2005. Munro was then invited to create Field of Light at the Eden Project in Cornwall (Winter 2008/9). Installed between the Mediterranean and Rainforest 'biomes' at the Eden Project, the installation consisted of 6,000 acrylic stems topped by clear glass spheres, each laced with optic fibre and planted into the grass roof of the visitors' centre.
Munro's next art installation was CDSea, made of 6000,000 unwanted CDs donated by members of the public from across the world. It was installed at Long Knoll Field in Wiltshire in June 2010 by Munro and a group of 140 friends and volunteers, including Kevin McCloud, the presenter of the Grand Designs TV series. It was conceived as a glittering inland 'sea', lit by natural sunlight and moonlight, reflecting on the CDs. Under the light of fireworks, the installation was renamed 'CDSea Regatta'. Munro is also known for 'Light Shower', an installation made for the spire cross within Salisbury Cathedral. Light Shower was designed to be switched on for the cathedral's 'Darkness into Light' candle-lit procession to mark the start of Advent on 29 November 2010.
In an article in the Financial Times, the curator, Turner prize judge and broadcaster Richard Cork called Bruce Munro's Light Shower 'spectacular'. "Admirably site-specific" he wrote, "It encourages us to respond to the gothic architecture in a fresh way." Munro's second large installation at Salisbury Cathedral called Water-Towers, was a large-scale illuminated maze that changed colours in reaction to choral music. It took Munro 10 days to build it in the Cloister of Salisbury Cathedral, and was open to the public from January 15 to February 27, 2011.
In November 2011, a 5,200 stem Field of Light was installed in the gardens at the back of the Holburne Museum in Bath, and remained in place until 8 January 2012. On 21 December 2011, Munro unveiled a new installation named Star-Turn, which was a one-night-only piece to raise funds for the Help for Heroes charity. Star-Turn was lit with candles turned by sponsored riders on a 'bicycle'. It was Munro's second artwork for Help for Heroes, following a 'Light Shower' which he installed in the rehabilitation centre at Tedworth House PRC at Tidworth, earlier in 2011. Crossing into the world of high fashion, Munro created a catwalk chandelier (7m long x 4m wide) for the Alexander McQueen catwalk show for Autumn/Winter 2012/2013, designed by Sarah Burton who created the wedding dress for The Duchess of Cambridge.
First One-Man Show
Longwood Gardens, one of the famous display gardens in America, originally created by Pierre S. du Pont and the Pierce family, commissioned Bruce Munro to create his first one-man show across 23 acres of the gardens from June–October 2012.
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