An immersive art installation by Bruce Munro gently illuminating the Avenue of Honour at Mt Clarence in homage to the Anzacs who departed from Albany for the Great War.
Thousands of glass spheres on slender stems planted along the avenue at Albany Heritage Park by local volunteers, illuminating the tree-lined path with an artwork blooming at night like wildflowers after rain. An immersive art installation by Bruce Munro, Field of Light : Avenue of Honour will pay homage to the Anzacs with 16,000 shining spheres at Mt Clarence marking the last sight of home for 41,000 troops who departed from Albany for the Great War.
The internationally renowned UK artist’s ephemeral landscape installation will reference the national flowers of Australia and New Zealand; honouring 100 years since the First World War’s end and celebrating Albany’s unique biodiversity with thousands of lights shining in the whites, yellows and golds of the wattle and the kowhai.
Highlighting the region’s unique sense of place and identity in sophisticated, contemporary ways, Field of Light: Avenue of Honour will symbolise wild beauty, sacrifice, courage and honour.
The installation was commissioned by independent, non-profit cultural organisation FORM with the City of Albany and made possible by funding from the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund and the State Government through Tourism Western Australia and Lotterywest. It will coincide with peak wildflower season and the conclusion of the Anzac Centenary commemorations, exhibiting from October 2018 through to Anzac Day in April 2019.
British artist Bruce Munro is best known for producing large immersive light-based installations, which often employ a massing of components by the thousands. An artistic diarist, he has spent over 30 years collecting and recording ideas and images in his sketchbooks, which he returns to over time as source material.
Language, literature, science, and music have also greatly influenced his work. Frequently, Bruce’s subject matter is his own experience of fleeting moments of rapport with the world and existence in its largest sense of being part of life’s essential pattern. His reoccurring motif is the use of light on an environmental scale in order to create an emotional response for the viewer.
Bruce completed a B.A. in Fine Arts at Bristol in 1982. Shortly after he moved to Sydney where he worked in design and lighting, inspired by Australia’s natural light and landscape. Returning to England in 1992 he settled in Wiltshire, where together with his wife, Serena, he raised four children.
Bruce’s work has been shown at Museums and Botanical Gardens internationally, notably, Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, The Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Waddesdon Manor for the Rothschild Collection, Buckinghamshire; and Beyond Limits 2016 for Sothebys at Chatsworth House. His work Field of Light continues to be exhibited at Uluru, NT, Australia. In September 2018 Bruce created Moon Blooms a permanent public art installation for the Bicester Shopping Village in Oxfordshire.
Bruce’s work is held in private and public museum collections internationally including Cheekwood Garden and Art Museum, TN, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Texas Tech University TX
The Field of Light: Avenue of Honour art installation is a free attraction to the public. Visitors can enhance their Field of Light: Avenue of Honour visit through a range of bespoke experiences.
Field of Light Panorama
The signature ‘Field of Light Panorama’ package invites visitors to experience the vistas of King George Sound from the summit of Mt Clarence together with the ephemeral view of lights, cascading down the Avenue of Honour. This package is themed to recognise Albany’s ANZAC heritage. Combined with a visit to the National Anzac Centre, visitors will be immersed with a greater understanding of Albany and it’s unique place in Australia’s national story.
Field of Light Botanic
The lush bush tracks of the Albany Heritage Park are abundant with unique flora. Albany lies at the centre of one of only 15 recognised biodiversity hotspots on the planet and is a bush-walking haven. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the tranquillity of the park’s walking trails in the cool of the afternoon before arriving at the entrance to the Field of Light: Avenue of Honour exhibit.
Field of Light & Dreaming
Kinjarling (Albany), has been home to the Noongar Minang People for over 40,000 years. A rich indigenous heritage permeates the story of Albany and the landscape of the Albany Heritage Park. Visitors will gain a unique insight of the cultural and natural significance of the site, enhancing their appreciation of the emotional connection between light and land.
Field of Light Coach and Special Interest Groups
Catering for a minimum of 10 people, the groups package begins with an afternoon visit to the National Anzac Centre, a visit to Mt Clarence and the Field of Light exhibit culminating in a dining experience at The Garrison restaurant. Housed in an original building within the Princess Royal Forts complex, The Garrison restaurant is highly regarded as one of Albany’s best dining venues and a celebration of Amazing South Coast produce and wines.