Internationally renowned British artist Bruce Munro will exhibit Light, an exhibition of 10 breathtaking, large-scale outdoor and indoor lighting installations coupled with indoor sculptures, at Nashvilles Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art
from May 24 through November 10, 2013. The exhibit will include four installations never before seen in the U.S.
Using an inventive array of materials and hundreds of miles of glowing optical fiber, Munro will transform Cheekwoods magnificent gardens, manicured grounds and rolling hills into an enchanting, iridescent landscape that emerges organically at nightfall.
Munros site-specific exhibit will mark only the second time he has showcased his solo work in the U.S. In 2012, Munro debuted Light at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. , drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors and critical acclaim. Cheekwoods Light will include three entirely new installations: Bell Drop Chandelier, Fagins Urchins and Light Reservation. Two of these new works were inspired by the subtleties of Cheekwoods grounds and the third by a lighting technique that Munro only recently began to explore. Blue Moon, which will be in Cheekwoods Japanese Garden , is a work never before seen in the U.S.
Cheekwood is honored to host Bruce Munros Light and to invite Nashville residents and visitors from around the world to experience the transcendent power of his inspired installations, said Jane Offenbach, president and CEO of Cheekwood. We were among several premier botanical gardens nationwide actively courting Munro, and are thrilled he selected Cheekwood to mount his mesmerizing exhibit. Cheekwoods Dale Chihuly exhibition in 2010 was a huge success, and I am confident that Light will draw record crowds and solidify Cheekwood as a preeminent setting for other major artists to showcase their work.
Wiltshire-based Munro is an installation artist working with light in all of its forms. His work has been exhibited at London s Victoria and Albert Museum the world's largest museum of decorative arts and designand at the 13th century gothic Salisbury Cathedral, where it garnered international praise. Munros work has also been shown at the Holburne Museum in Bath , Kensington Palace in London and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City .
During my first visit to Cheekwood earlier in the year, I had a visceral reaction to the scale and positioning of the estates buildings. They are at one with the landscape, breeding a sense of understated balance and harmony that truly inspired me and undoubtedly permeates the visitor experience, said Munro. This is the most perfect place to exhibit because it provides a variety of opportunities to respond to each space varies in both scale and topographical character. In addition, Cheekwoods world class exhibition galleries are a veritable jewel in its crown. I feel lucky and privileged to install my work at this prestigious and beautiful estate.
At the center of the exhibits 10 site-specific installations will be the Field of Light (pictured left) featuring 20,000 lighted glass spheres, each rising from the ground on a slender stem. The sheer volume of spheres, the glow of the lights and the gentle shapes create an effect that is both natural and otherworldly. Notably, the Field of Light that Munro will create at Cheekwood will be his most expansive to date.
In Cheekwoods color garden, 40 monumental towers made of recyclable water bottles will evanesce and reappear in a glowing dance as the individual towers change color in synchronization with music. This installation, Water-Towers (pictured on page 1), seeks to capture the spirit of life's continual flux, explains Munro. It reinforces the idea that reality is simply a beautiful improvised dance that lives in the moment.
Along with the large-scale outdoor installations, Light will also feature a collection of illuminated sculptures within Cheekwoods Museum of Art , including a gallery dedicated to Munros works. Again, several of these works have never before been installed in the U.S. , including the Bell Drop Chandelier comprised of 500 fiber optic cables that was created for the main stairwell of the museum.