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Desert Radiance by Bruce Munro

Desert Radiance by Bruce Munro

 

Big installations, light and creativity. These are the main features of Bruce Munro’s art works. He is a successful and international artist.

From October, 2015 to May, 2016 he will exhibit a series of four works called Desert Radiance. The project will be hosted in four spaces: the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Scottsdale Public Art, the Desert Botanical Gardens and the Lisa Sette Gallery.

In the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SmoCA), the artist shows Crossing Ferryman (03.10.2015-24.04-2016) . This art work was designed in 2014 and it is composed by mirrors, lights and animation. Munro was inspired by Herman Hesse’s book, Siddhartha. For this work the artist transliterated part of the book in Morse code and with the CD he illuminated the space.

Bruce Munro, Ferryman’s Crossing, 2015,  Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona. © Bruce Munro.

Bruce Munro, Ferryman’s Crossing, photo from smoca.org

 

The work chosen for the Scottsdale Public Art is Blooms (November 2015 – March 2016). It consists of seven circular platforms that float on the Arizona Canal. Blooms will be composed by multi-colored fishing rods. They symbolized the safeguard of the Arizona Canal’s eco-system: the Amur, a particular Chinese fish.

Bruce Munro, Blooms, photo from scottsdalepublicart.org

Bruce Munro, Blooms, photo from scottsdalepublicart.org

In the Desert Botanical Garden, Bruce Munro will exhibit eight site-specific installations, Sonoram Light (22.11.2015 – 08.05.2016). The art works chosen for this part of exhibit are: Field of Light; that tell the artist travel in the Red Desert where he was in contact with energy, heat and brightness of the landscape. This work consists of a big field of high stalks which illuminate themselves during the night. Field of Light was exhibited for the first time during the Eden Project in Cornwall (UK), in 2008; the second art work is Saguaro, an installation of big cacti that the artist imagined during his first visit to the Garden; linked with this art work there is Water-Towers which consists in 69 glowing towers that remember big cacti; Temperate Zone is the fourth work chosen and it is a reinterpretation of cooling pots created by the ancient population of the Southwest; Chindi, another art work, was inspired by a travel in the Desert of Bioma. Chindi consists of metal helical prisms, 6,5 metres heigh and 1,5 meters weight; Beacon consists of a big geodesic domes. This art work was born in 2013 and it was a greenhouse; Eden Blooms was presented for the first time in 2014 and it is linked to a visit in the Franklin Park Conservatory (OH). This work recalls the big tropical flowers with faint and regular stems; the final work is Fireflies, that was presented in 2012 at the Longwood Gardens (USA). The work symbolized a garden full of fireflies as a river of light.

Bruce Munro, Sonora Light, photo from dbg.org.

Bruce Munro, Sonora Light, photo from dbg.org

The last space is Lisa Sette Gallery (07.11.2015 – 02.01.2016) where Munro will present new little works as digital light projections or fluctuating art works. During the exhibit Murno will present, for the first time, pieces form the series Language and Light, a mix between light and Morse code.

Bruce Munro, Desert Radiance, photo from lisasettegallery.com

Bruce Munro, Desert Radiance, photo from lisasettegallery.com

A big exhibit for big installations by a big artist! An event which retraces the artist career but also his life and his soul.

 

References:  smoca.org, scottsdalepublicart.org, dbg.org, lisasettegallery.com

and  brucemunro.co.uk.