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Published on Monday, June 19, 2017

Bruce Munro lights up Rockford, Illinois

Bruce Munro: LIGHT exhibit at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens in Rockford, Illinois will allow visitors to see the gardens in a new light.

The exhibition is Munro's eighth large-scale garden exhibition in the U.S. The Gardens and Conservatory will provide a stunning backdrop for eight sculptures, including Munro's iconic "Field of Light" and "Water-Towers." Two new works will also debut — "Sun," a monumental globe, suspended inside the Conservatory, and "Don's Flamingos," a playful homage to the designer of the pink lawn flamingo, Don Featherstone.

Bruce Munro said, "It is a great privilege to create an exhibition at Nicholas Conservatory in Rockford, and I was captured by the landscape of the garden and the Rock River adjacent. Gardens are very special to me because it's an opportunity to re-engage people with real life, with the beauty of a garden, and that sense was with me when I visited the Conservatory. Part of the aim of these garden exhibitions is to get people who aren't necessarily familiar with a garden to visit and experience such a beautiful place to be. I love the challenge presented to me by the Conservatory, of seeking out the balance that exists between contemporary art, landscapes, and architecture."

Munro's work has been widely exhibited, including by the Guggenheim Museum, NY; Waddesdon Manor, the Rothschild Collections, UK; and Longwood Gardens, PA. His landscape installation "Field of Light" was at Uluru, Australia until March 2017 before making its way to Rockford. His work is held in the collections of museums and botanical gardens internationally, including the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK.

Bruce Munro: LIGHT will be open 3rd June 2017 and run until 5th November 2017, and will cost $8 for adults and $6 for children. More information can be found:

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  • Field if Light in Uluru.

    He's done a similar installation at Uluru/Ayers Rock, and seeing it under a star filled sky is something everyone should experience.

    By Neal Goldstein, Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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