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‘Field of Light’ at Ayers Rock Resort in 2016

Gabriella Warden

Voyages has announced that Bruce Munro’s art installation, ‘Field of Light’, will be displayed in its largest form to date at Ayers Rock Resort in 2016.

The solar-powered display will be on extended exhibition from 1 April 2016 until 31 March 2017.

The installation will illuminate a remote desert area within sight of Uluru, and underlines Ayers Rock Resort’s commitment to arts and culture.

“There is no doubt that this presents an absolutely unique opportunity for guests to enjoy not only the spiritual nature of the destinations, but experience it in a unique and mesmerising way,” said Voyages executive general manager of sales/marketing and distribution, Ray Stone.

Munro and his team will install over 50,000 slender stems crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres which, connected by optic fibres, will bloom as darkness falls over Australia’s spiritual centre.

Pathways will draw viewers into the installation as it comes to life under a brilliant starry sky.

Munro envisaged ‘Field of Light’ while visiting Uluru in 1992, but it was only in 2004 that the installation first appeared at both London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and in the artist’s own backyard in south-west England.

The artwork has since dazzled visitors at sites across the UK, US and Mexico.

Bruce Munro's 'Field of Light' on display at Uluru
Bruce Munro’s ‘Field of Light’ on display at Uluru

“I saw in my mind a landscape of illuminated stems that, like the dormant seed in a dry desert, quietly wait until darkness falls, under a blazing blanket of southern stars, to bloom with gentle rhythms of light,” said Munro.

“‘Field of Light’ is a personal symbol for the good things in life,” he added.

Qantas is the official airline partner of ‘Field of Light’ that will transport the many pieces of the artwork to Ayers Rock Airport from Munro’s UK workshop.

Tourism Australia managing director, John O’Sullivan, said an exhibition of this type would reinforce the accessibility of Australia’s Indigenous offerings, highlighting the breadth of uniquely Australian events available to visitors.

“One of our biggest challenges faced in marketing Australia overseas is creating that sense of urgency to travel and then finding ways to encourage those visitors to disperse beyond our capital city gateways,” O’Sullivan said, adding that ‘Field of Light’ was a way to encourage both Voyages.

“This is an exhibition of true international significance and provides that all important ‘new news’ for visitors to put Uluru on their ‘must do’ list.”

According to the Huffington Post, “It can be hard to describe in words the gifts that Munro bestows on the landscape as his work escapes description in either written or photographic form, it is something to be experienced.”

Bruce Munro, UK artist of 'Field of Light'
Bruce Munro, UK artist of ‘Field of Light’

Guests at Ayers Rock Resort’s five properties will have three ways to experience ‘Field of Light’ for themselves:

  • The entry-level ‘Field of Light Pass’ (AU $35) includes return bus transfers to the remote site and time to experience the artwork
  • The ‘Field of Light Star Pass’ (AU $75) includes the above, along with sparkling wine and canapés at an elevated viewing area at the end of the evening
  • The 4.5-hour ‘A Night at Field of Light’ (AU $235) includes an introduction to the artwork by a host, sparkling wine and canapés at sunset from an elevated viewing area, extended time for guests to immerse themselves in the installation, and a three-course buffet dinner showcasing bush tucker ingredients as well as return bus transfers. There is also an option to arrive by camel or helicopter for this experience.

For more information on the ‘Field of Light’ at Uluru, visit www.ayersrockresort/fieldoflight or watch this 60-second video.

Featured Image: Bruce Munro/’Field of Light’ on display at Atlanta Botanical Garden 2015

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