Darwin lights up with city wide illuminated art

Something new is lighting up Darwin this summer!

Running over six months, Darwin’s new city-wide exhibition, Bruce Munro: Tropical Light, aims to encourage visitors to embrace the Northern Territory’s tropical summer. Opening on November 1st, 2019, the exhibition includes eight illuminated sculptures scattered across Darwin’s CBD.

Each of Munro’s illuminated sculptures are connected by a path of local artists works, creating a 2.5km trail of art experiences. The free show is a perfect way to see the city of Darwin. All works on display are beautiful to view in the day, however visitors are encouraged to return in the evening to see as they light up against the vivid tropical sky.  Using the exhibitions free audio app, visitors can hear from Bruce Munro, the local artists and the Larrakia Nation as they explain the works, and their connection to Darwin’s land. Bruce Munro: Tropical Light is sure to be a truly culturally enlightening experience.

Munro, who is internationally known for his work with light, first visited the Red Centre in 1992. While camping at Uluru he first had the idea for an artwork that would see lights bloom like seeds fertilised by rain. Ten years later he first voiced his desire to create the illuminated filed at Uluru. Twenty-four years after first conceiving the idea, Field of Light opened at Uluru in 2016. The exhibitions resounding success lead to the Northern Territory commissioning him to create a second exhibition for the Territory’s capital.

Designed specifically for the streets of Darwin, the sculptures activate outdoor areas throughout the city, bringing light and life to often forgotten alcoves. The eight works have formed Munros largest city-wide exhibition in Australia. Each of the sculptures reflects a memory or experience held by Munro from his time visiting Darwin. Five of the eight sculptures have been created specifically for the event. Each work connects the visitor to experiences unique to Darwin and the Territory, reflecting the nuances and joy of living in the Top End.

Five local artists have worked to provide supporting works for the exhibition. Ranging from photographers, to recycle artists, and experimental multimedia experts, the group has crafted stunning works reflecting their own love for Darwin’s tropical wet season. The artists were selected from a pool of local creators, and each has worked tirelessly to create bespoke works that reflect both the feel and emotion of Munros work while also remaining true to their own artistic styles.

Don’t fear Darwin’s tropical summer, for it provides so many spectacular sights and experiences not available during the dry season. Run through the warm afternoon rain, relax on the deck and watch as lighting brings the sky to life, or take a trip to see the rushing waterfalls in surrounding national parks.

Bruce Munro: Tropical Light is sure to delight! These incredible works will ignite your imagination and help you fall in love with Darwin’s tropical summer. The exhibition is running from November 2019 to April 2020, so book your tickets today and get ready to experience Darwin like never before!

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