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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | August 5, 2021

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A Fantasy Garden: Field of Light Uluru

A Fantasy Garden: Field of Light Uluru
Heonji Kim

In Australia’s arid “red centre”, lies a fantasy garden where 50 000 spindles of light gently illuminate as darkness sweeps the sky.

Although Bruce Munro’s work is better known as Field of Light Uluru, local communities have named the exhibition Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku, meaning “looking at lots of beautiful lights”. You can visit the exhibition until 31 December 2020.

My friend and I attended the exhibition with a “Field of Light Star Pass by Camel”. A tour guide took us to a camel farm, where we rode single-file into the sunset—or in this case, into a field of lights. Upon arrival, we indulged in champagne and canapés, which included Indigenous-Australian flavours such as crocodile, smoked kangaroo, lemon myrtle, rosella, sea parsley and pepperberry.

Afterwards, we watched the sunset change Uluru from an arid red to a deep purple. Munro’s work came to life with a crescendo of light as the sun set on Uluru. In his work, the lights glow and darken in subtle rhythms that mimic the natural rhythms of nature. Munro specifically created frosted light spheres to gently diffuse the light for this work. From a distance they looked like swaying desert flowers. Likewise, other viewers described them as fallen stars caught by the desert sands.

The sheer size of the work completely immerses the viewer into the work. I felt in awe of the lights, which covered every inch of the horizon; the blazing blanket of stars above me; and the chirping crickets that guided my every step. That is to say, the surrounding nature greatly enhances the sensory experience of the exhibition. I highly recommend this exhibition for anyone who passes by Australia’s notorious big red.

Image credit: Mark Pickthall

The Details:

What: Field of Lights Uluru

Where: Pitjantjatjara, Ayers Rock Resort

When: Until 31 December 2020