The desert floor turned into a field of glowing flowers? Start planning your Uluru trip now.
Bruce Munro, a British installation artist working in lighting design, came up with the concept of Field of Light while traveling through Central Australia in the early nineties – his inspiration was the seemingly barren landscape –
“…which seemed to radiate both energy and ideas along with the heat. I wanted to create something that would, like the dormant seeds in a dry desert, quietly wait until darkness falls and then bloom with gentle light under a blazing blanket of southern stars.”
Munro developed low-energy lighting to bring Field of Light to life and since the first installation in London in 2003, fields of light have appeared in many locations across the United Kingdom. Munro plans to return the project to its roots next year and create a Field of Light at Uluru.
Over the course of six weeks, Munro and his team will transform the desert floor at Uluru National Park with more than three thousand kilometers of optical fibre, five hundred LED solar-powered illuminators and a quarter of a million globes. The globes will glow gently for approximately four hours from dusk, using up the solar energy stored during the day. Check out the short video for more details about the logistics of this massive project.
Field of Light Uluru is planned for May 2013, though Munro is still testing the solar lighting technology which has being specially developed for the intense heat at Uluru. Stay tuned!