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Uluru's Incredible Field of Light Installation Has Been Extended Until 2020

Bruce Munro’s immersive installation will keep lighting up the Red Centre.
By Sarah Ward
January 07, 2018
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Uluru's Incredible Field of Light Installation Has Been Extended Until 2020

Bruce Munro’s immersive installation will keep lighting up the Red Centre.
By Sarah Ward
January 07, 2018
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It has been nearly two years since Bruce Munro's spectacular Field of Light started illuminating Uluru, with more than 200,000 people flocking to the Red Centre to see its ocean of colour. In fantastic news for anyone who hasn't made the trek yet, or anyone keen to view its beautiful, multi-hued splendour again, the eye-catching installation's season has been extended. The gorgeous piece will now keep shining all the way through until December 31, 2020.

This is the second time that Field of Light's run has been lengthened. Initially set to remain in place until March 2017, it was first expanded until March this year. In total, the artwork's 50,000 glass lights will twinkle across an area of 49,000 square metres — the size of nine football fields — for just shy of five years.

As well as casting Australia's sacred rock in a whole new light, the Uluru display marks the latest (and largest) incarnation of artist Bruce Munro's project, which previously illuminated the grounds at the likes of London's Victoria & Albert Museum and the Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. Run on solar power, and named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku — which translates to 'looking at lots of beautiful lights' in local Pitjantjatjara — for its Northern Territory stint, the installation took 40 people six weeks to set up.

The British-born Munro, who first came up with the idea for Field of Light while visiting Uluru back in 1992, said he is "greatly moved and humbled by the enormous response to the artwork." He continued, "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."

 

Keen on making the trip? Check out out Weekender's Guide to the Red Centre During Field of Light.

By Tom Clift and Sarah Ward.

Image: Field of Light: Bruce Munro. Photo by Mark Pickthall.

Published on January 07, 2018 by Sarah Ward

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