When British artist Bruce Munro visited the massive sandstone monolith called Uluru in Central Australia, he was inspired by the light and energy of the place.
Back home, he created a field of glowing lights in his own backyard. The idea grew, and this fall Munro will bring a much larger version of that exhibit to Austin, in the form of a 16-acre lighted display called “Field of Light” at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
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More than 28,000 stems of solar-powered, fiber-optic lights will cover the natural landscape at the Wildflower Center.
“I wanted to create an illuminated field of stems that, like the dormant seed in a dry desert, would burst into bloom at dusk with gentle rhythms of light under a blazing blanket of stars,” Munro says about his work on his website.
Tickets to Field of Light go on sale Tuesday
The exhibit, in collaboration with C3 Presents, opens Sept. 9 and runs through December. Tickets, which start at $41 for adults, will go on sale on at 10 a.m. Tuesday at fieldoflightaustin.com. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Wildflower Center.
The installation, once it opens, will be illuminated from 6:45 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.
Lady Bird Johnson and Helen Hayes founded the National Wildflower Research Center in 1982. It was renamed the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in 1997 and today serves as the state botanic garden and arboretum. Its mission is to inspire the use and conservation of native plants.
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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is located at 4801 La Crosse Avenue. For more information about the exhibit go here.