ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Cheekwood is thrilled to host the second-ever North American exhibition of LIGHT, a stunning outdoor art installation by acclaimed British artist Bruce Munro. Using an inventive array of materials and hundreds of miles of glowing optic fiber, Munro will transform Cheekwood’s beautiful gardens into an enchanting, dream-like landscape. This site-specific exhibition follows a wildly popular U.S. debut at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and has been uniquely designed by the artist to incorporate Cheekwood's gentle hills, expansive views and magnificent gardens. Cheekwood will offer extended hours on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings until 11:00 p.m. to present this grand-scale exhibition, in its most stunning state: under the night sky.
1ROBERTSON ELLIS COLOR GARDEN
Water-Towers is comprised of 40 structures built out of more than 10,000 one-liter recyclable plastic bottles filled with water, laser-cut wood layers, and fiber optics connected to LED projectors and sound system. This installation beckons visitors to immerse themselves in the spaces between the towers to explore the spectacle of light and sounds.
2JAPANESE BAMBOO GARDEN
“The bamboo garden at Cheekwood has presented me with an opportunity to create a magical space of illuminated springs amongst the bamboo. I hope that it instils a sense of wonder and surprise to those that see it.” - Bruce Munro
3JAPANESE GARDEN PAVILION
Ninety flickering LED candle luminaires enhance the sense of sacred space in the Japanese garden pavilion with a soft, tranquil glow that replicates candlelight.
4JAPANESE GARDEN DRY LAKE
The dry lake within the Japanese garden is an intimate space, set in a valley of rounded hills. The Blue Moon is 5’ in diameter and appears as a giant hovering moon of flickering icy blues.
Light Reservation is an assembly of tipi-like structures made from spent fluorescent tubes.
“The installation is about my enthusiasm for the imagination; but I also hope that Light Reservation presents people with an opportunity to ponder both the good and bad aspects of our recent history.”
– Bruce Munro
6MUSEUM OF ART LAWN AND SURROUNDING GARDENS
Field of Light
Field of Light submerges the viewer within a landscape of 20,000 lighted glass spheres, each rising from the ground on a slender stem. This is the largest Field of Light expanse Munro has ever created in a rolling landscape, and is designed to utilize the existing pathways in the garden to allow people to wander through it and view it from various different perspectives.
“…the Field of Light is a personal symbol for the good things in life.”
- Bruce Munro
7THE REFLECTION POOL
Fagin’s Urchins is a site-specific installation created for the formal reflection pool at Cheekwood. Sap green spheres are positioned centrally in a line close to the water’s surface across the reflection pool. By night the surface of each sphere becomes an illuminated Lilliputian world of the night.
8MUSEUM OF ART LOGGIA
The double height of the iconic Loggia in the Cheekwood mansion offers a wonderful opportunity for Munro to create a site specific installation of the Light Shower, comprised of 1,400 teardrop-shaped diffusers suspended from the ceiling by fiber-optic strands.
“By day Light Shower catches glimpses of the sunshine, shedding prismatic flecks of light … by night it morphs into what it is: a shower of light.”
– Bruce Munro
9MUSEUM OF ART ROTUNDA STAIRCASE
The stunning rotunda staircase in the Cheekwood mansion will be transformed with the beautiful Bell Chandelier. A cascade of 211 fiber optic cables terminates in a miniature conical brass bell shade approximately seven feet from the ground floor level.
10MUSEUM OF ART GALLERIES
A gallery in the Museum of Art will be dedicated to six small-scale floor and wall mounted artwork – two of which are debuts for Cheekwood.
Beginning July 17, be sure to stop into this gallery and learn more about Bruce Munro’s process while watching the documentary on his work, produced by Nashville Public Television.