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Discovery Green Captivates with Field of Light Fine art installation by British artist Bruce Munro

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Discovery Green Captivates with Field of Light

Fine art installation by British artist Bruce Munro to make Texas debut

 

HOUSTON, Texas (September 15, 2014) – Discovery Green, Houston’s preeminent urban park, will dazzle this winter with a captivating art installation by internationally-recognized artist Bruce Munro. Field of Light will be showcased along the park’s Brown Promenade from Nov. 22, 2014 – Feb. 8, 2015. The vivid, site-specific, temporary installation will amaze and delight park-goers of all ages.

 

Bruce Munro is noted for his immersive site-specific installations that employ light to evoke emotional response, often in an outdoor context and on a monumental scale. His practice is a mediation of memory and of moments of shared human connection, and incorporates a fascination for components and an inventive urge for reuse.

 

The Discovery Green Field of Light comprises 4,550 radiant, frosted glass spheres atop slender stems connected by illuminated fiber optic. The spheres and stems wait quietly until dusk and then bloom with gentle rhythms of colored light as darkness falls over the park.

 

“Discovery Green has become Houston’s grand public space where all are invited to imagine and explore,” said Barry Mandel, president of Discovery Green Conservancy. “Bruce Munro’s Field of Light will offer visitors a fresh, interactive and inspiring experience and furthers our commitment to showcasing incredible public art.”

 

Field of Light at Discovery Green will be the artist’s first Southwest and fifth United States installation. It is also the first time that the installation will be presented in an urban American environment, interacting with the lights of the city. An integral part of the installation’s realization, a team of two installers will work with volunteers contributing more than 200 hours to install Field of Light over a six day period.

 

“The Field of Light is work that was inspired by a unique landscape, and now responds to its given environment, be that field or woodland. I continue to be stimulated by landscape and none more so than the city skyline and urban context presented to me by Discovery Green,” said Munro. “It is an honor to have been invited to exhibit as part of the Conservancy public art program and to appear for the first time in Houston and the State of Texas.”

 

Munro’s installation is the first selected by the Conservancy’s newly-established fine art committee, chaired by Judy Nyquist and comprised of community experts dedicated to bringing the best international fine art to Discovery Green. Chosen for his creative use of light, Munro also shares the park’s commitment to using recycled materials in unexpected ways.

 

“With Field of Light, Munro showcases the beauty of the park’s hundred-year-old oak trees in an entirely new and lyrical way. Visitors will truly be captivated,” said Nyquist. “With this and all future art commissioned, the committee hopes Houstonians will repeatedly encounter something new at Discovery Green.”

 

Field of Light at Discovery Green is made possible by the professional services of the Weingarten Art Group and in part by a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

 

Discovery Green visitors can also enjoy the park’s three iconic public art pieces year-round: Jim Dine’s The House (Heart), Jean Dubuffet’s Monument Au Fantome and Margo Sawyer’s Synchronicity of Color. Also on display until February 8 is Mexican artist Jorge Marín’s Wings of the City.

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More information on Bruce Munro’s Field of Light at Discovery Green can be found at www.discoverygreen.com/fieldoflight. For interview opportunities or additional images, please contact Elizabeth Hurt at Elizabeth@elmorepr.com or 713-524-0661.

 

Visitors can share their experiences using hashtag #dgfieldoflight.

 

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Bruce Munro, Field of Light, 2013, installation view, Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, OH

 

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Bruce Munro, Field of Light, 2013, installation view, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, Nashville, TN

 

Discovery Green

Discovery Green is a 12-acre park located in downtown Houston which was created by a public-private partnership between the City of Houston and the non-profit Discovery Green Conservancy. Designed by Hargreaves Associates, which also boasts London Olympic Park as one of its impressive urban projects, Discovery Green has won numerous awards for its architecture and design. Since the park opened in April 2008, it has welcomed more than 6.5 million visitors and hosted more than 2,000 public and private events. The Discovery Green Conservancy works with hundreds of programming partners to present three dynamic programming seasons each year most of which are FREE and open to the public. As a non-profit organization, the Conservancy raises all the funds needed for the programming that Houstonians enjoy.

Bruce Munro

British artist Bruce Munro is best known for immersive large-scale mixed-media installations in the medium of light. Recording ideas and images in sketchbooks has been his practice for over 30 years; by this means he has captured his responses to stimuli such as music, literature, science, and the world around him for reference, reflection, and subject matter. This tendency has been combined with a liking for components and an inventive urge for reuse, coupled with career training in manufacture of light. As a result Munro produces both monumental temporary experiential artworks as well as intimate story-pieces.

 

Munro’s work has been exhibited by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Waddesdon Manor, the de Rothschild Foundation, Buckinghamshire; and the Guggenheim Museum, New York. Since 2012, he has found that botanical gardens provide the generous space many of his outdoor pieces require and he has had solo exhibitions at Longwood Gardens, Cheekwood Museum and Gardens, and Franklin Park Conservatory. In 2015 he will exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

 

Born in 1959, Munro completed a B.A. in Fine Arts at Bristol Polytechnic. Shortly thereafter he moved to Sydney, where he learned about design and lighting, inspired by Australia’s natural light and landscape. Returning to Southwest England in 1992, he settled in Wiltshire. He and his wife Serena have 4 children.