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Bruce Munro Installs Light Showers in the Magnificent Nave of Salisbury Cathedral
2,000 teardrop diffusers, each set at the end of a fiber optic thread, cascade down from the Spire Crossing.
WILTSHIRE.- Bruce Munro installed Light Showers over the last 5 days, in the highest point inside Salisbury Cathedral.

Due to be switched on from 29th November until January 2011, the piece is made of 2,000 shimmering points of light.

“Within minutes of walking into the magnificent Nave of the cathedral I knew what I wanted to create. I firmly believe that a building gives all the clues to what will work best. I hope that what I create will capture the spiritual essence that pervades the space.” says Munro.

2,000 teardrop diffusers, each set at the end of a fiber optic thread, cascade down from the Spire Crossing. The volume of the piece is 10m x 10m x 7m – “it’s as big as a house” says Munro. The cathedral, completed in 1258, measures 134.7m long and 123m high at the highest point, so within that huge space, Light Shower hovers like a cloud of luminescence.

“Within minutes of walking into the magnificent Nave of the cathedral I knew what I wanted to create. I firmly believe that a building gives all the clues to what will work best. I hope that what I create will capture the spiritual essence that pervades the space.” says Munro.

Munro chose the area where the Transepts intersect with the Nave for several reasons: there are excellent structural opportunities to suspend an invisible wire; this central space is midway between congregation and clergy and can act as a unifying link to other breathtaking features of the building. He hopes that the cascading shower light will act as a conduit and encourage both visitors and worshipers to see this wonderful building in a ‘new light’ and really appreciate the building’s vast spaces.

“In a sense I feel I am paying homage to all those wonderful artisans who worked on the Cathedral. Simply said it's a great privilege to create something for this great space,” says Bruce Munro.

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