Bruce Munro to open world first city-wide exhibition in NT
Eight large-scale illuminated sculptures will be the centrepiece of acclaimed international artist Bruce Munro’s third Australian exhibition, Bruce Munro: Tropical Light, when it opens in Darwin on 1 November.
In what will be Munro’s world first city-wide exhibition, Bruce Munro: Tropical Light is expected to entice thousands of tourists to visit the Northern Territory’s Top End during the Tropical Summer season, with the free exhibition to remain open until 30 April, 2020.
The illuminated sculptures, designed at the Bruce Munro studio and installed in Darwin, will in part reflect his personal experience from extensive travels of the Top End. The sculptures will also evoke the natural beauty, distinct wildlife, and spectacular sunsets of the region, together forming a free, self-guided, outdoor exhibition trail through Darwin’s CBD and Waterfront precincts.
Bruce Munro said it is a privilege to be given the opportunity to create an exhibition for Darwin and hopes that it will leave a positive legacy, by bringing people together.
“This city has changed a great deal since my first visit in 1992. Darwin is a jewel that sparkles under a tropical sun. It has much to offer the discerning traveller in one of the remotest parts of the world,” he said.
“Art is a great way to draw people together, to start discussions, share opinions and ideas. I want to involve all of the people in Darwin and visitors; guide people. I’m hoping it brings the community together. I’m asking a lot I know, but I’ve learned over the years – let the artwork do its thing and it should bring people together. Become part of the art and the art becomes part of you.”
“It’s not just about installing disparate light ideas and installations but all of this exhibition is about Darwin, connecting different parts of the city, and the community – that’s a really clever thing.”
Arriving by ship later this month, the sculptures will personally be installed by the Bruce Munro studio and a local installation team, ready for illumination on 1 November.
Adding a further element to the 2.5km arts trail will be works by six local Territory artists, to be positioned nearby the illuminated sculptures, providing a sensory overload for locals and tourists alike. One of the Darwin artists involved is Paul Arnold, a renowned aerial photographer who drew headlines recently for his exclusive collaboration with Australian fashion designer, Camilla Franks, of her namesake brand.
Known for his award-winning artworks Field of Light at Uluru and Avenue of Honour in Albany in the country’s west, Bruce Munro: Tropical Light will add to the Northern Territory’s reputation for unique events and attractions, driving visitation to the Top End during the typically quieter tropical summer season. Since opening in Uluru in 2016, Field of Light has attracted more than 315,000 visitors to the Red Centre, leveraging global awareness in Munro’s unique art through light.
Bruce Munro: Tropical Light, a free to the public, outdoor art exhibition in Darwin, opens on 1 November 2019 until 30 April 2020.
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