Rock art: Ayers Rock Resort to host mega art installation

Bruce Munro's solar powered art installation, 'Field of Light', will open in 2016.


Bruce Munro’s solar powered art installation, ‘Field of Light’, will open in 2016.

Opening on 1 April 2016 and in situ until 31 March 2017, the exhibition forms part of Ayers Rock Resort’s commitment to arts and culture.

Bruce Munro conceived the idea for the Field of Light while visiting Uluru in 1992, but it wasn’t until 2004 that the installation first materialised at both London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and in Munro’s own backyard in south-west England. Field of Light has since travelled across the United Kingdom, the United States and Mexico.

“Field of Light was one idea that landed in my sketchbook and kept on nagging at me to be done,” said Munro.

“I saw in my mind a landscape of illuminated stems that, like the dormant seed in a dry desert, quietly wait until darkness falls, under a blazing blanket of southern stars, to bloom with gentle rhythms of light.

“Field of Light is a personal symbol for the good things in life,” he said.

In keeping with the desert’s vast scale, Munro and his team will install more than 50,000 slender stems crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres. The coloured spheres, connected via illuminated optical fibre, will bloom as darkness falls over Australia’s spiritual heartland. Pathways will draw viewers into the installation, which will come to life under a sky brilliant with stars.


Guests at Ayers Rock Resort’s five properties will be invited to interact with Munro’s experiential artwork in one of three ways. The first type of pass includes bus transfers to the remote site and time to experience the artwork, the second type of pass includes entry, along with sparkling wine and canapes at an elevated viewing area at the end of the evening, and the third type of pass includes an introduction to the artwork by a host, sparkling wine and canapes at sunset from an elevated viewing area, extended time to immerse in the installation and a three-course buffet dinner showcasing bush tucker ingredients as well as return bus transfers. There is also an option to arrive by camel or helicopter for this experience.


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