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.

FIELD OF LIGHT

Avenue of Honour

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.

THE ARTIST

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.

VOLUNTEER

An installation doesn’t start when you put it in. It’s actually the processes. It’s the process of going into the space, the process of meeting people. It’s so many people’s thoughts and ideas. Bruce Munro

Over 16, 000 stemmed glass spheres will be planted along the Avenue, turning the notion of memorial into an emotional experience. But as they say, many hands make light work and the Field of Light: Avenue of Honour will require the collaboration of many to become realised. This is why we need you!
        Volunteering to be part of this significant commemorative project will provide you with an experience not to be forgotten: meeting like-minded people and being a part of this historic installation.

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