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The nighttime spectacle Light: Installations by Bruce Munro opened June 30 at Longwood Gardens. Created by English/Australian artist Bruce Munro, Light features eight installations, spanning indoors and outdoors. Highlights include the luminous Field of Light featuring 18,000 illuminated bulbs stretching across the landscape, a flamboyance of 1,000 flamingoes wading near the Chimes Tower, and C-scales, a shimmering canvas of 8,960 CDs in the Exhibition Hall that reflect colorful projections inspired by Longwood’s water gardens.
WHEN: On view June 30–October 30. Thursday through Sunday evenings. The exhibition can be viewed beginning at dusk.
TICKETS: Members require free timed reservations if arriving after 3 pm Thursday– Sunday from June 30 through October 30. Admission is $35 for adults (ages 19+); $32 for college students and seniors; $19 for youth (ages 5–18), and free for ages 4 and under. Click here for tickets.
About Longwood Gardens
Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great horticultural displays, encompassing 1,100 acres of dazzling gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains, 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ, and a grand conservatory. Longwood continues the mission set forth by Mr. du Pont to inspire people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education, and the performing arts, through programming that includes exhibitions, musical performances by leading artists, renowned horticulture education programs, horticulture research, environmental stewardship, and community engagement. Longwood is one of more than 30 gardens in the Philadelphia region known as America’s Garden Capital.
About The Artist
Bruce Munro (dual citizen England/Australia) is best known for producing large immersive light-based installations, which often employ a massing of components by the thousands. Born in London in 1959, he completed a B.A. in Fine Arts at Bristol in 1982. Shortly after he moved to Sydney where he worked in design and lighting. Returning to England in 1992, he and his wife settled in Wiltshire and raised four children. Following his father’s death in 1999, Munro felt compelled to resume art making on a personal level. His work has been shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Waddesdon Manor, the Rothschild Collection, Buckinghamshire; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Munro’s work is held in museum collections internationally including the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. For more information on Bruce Munro and his work, visit brucemunro.co.uk.