CA Officials Meeting with Well-Known Light Artist

British artist Bruce Munro is best known for his "Field of Light" installation.


Columbia Association officials are meeting with a British artist Friday who is known for his installation works that have lit up fields, gardens and museums around the world.

The artist, Bruce Munro, recently lit up 23 acres of the Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, with a combination of fiber optic stems, sculptures, glass bulbs and lit pathways.  

Wired magazine described the work in a recent article, "When night falls, the orbs illuminate like bioluminescent seed pods, forming a sea of shifting colors like something out of a Hayao Miyazaki movie."

With all the recent news about CA's new plans to develop Symphony Woods, perhaps a modern art installation may be lighting up the woods sometime soon?

Too early to say that now, as CA would not comment on whether they are planning an installation with Munro.

"No plans right now," said CA spokesperson David Greisman in an email, "but we will give consideration to any ideas he may offer about placing his artwork in Columbia."

Munro, who worked in advertising and light design, before getting into installation art, broke through the art scene with his "Field of Light" in 2004. In that installation, Munro covered a field near his house in Wiltshire, UK with 6,000 acrylic stems topped by clear glass spheres lit up with fiber optic light.

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John Slater January 26, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Four years ago I suggested to CA that they should consider an Arts Village along the pathway leading to the pedestrian bridge over Rt 29 (Bridge Columbia) connecting Oakland Mills with Town Center. What better way to draw eyes to the area thus enhancing security? Why not start with a art installation/light display?


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