The holidays are officially over for 2014, however the rest of your winter season can continue to be merry and bright thanks to Discovery Green‘s art installation of Bruce Munro‘s Field of Light through February 22nd.

With grants from The Brown Foundation and Houston Art Alliance, the Field of Light is the first selected installation for display by the park’s newly formed fine arts committee.

Bruce Munro is best recognized by his use and manipulation of light as his primary medium, creating large-scale installations around the globe. He spent many years in Australia learning about natural light, landscaping and how to design using light. In over 30 years, Munro has created thousands of sketches —Field of Light is the result of a sketch showing “illuminated stems that would wait like dormant seeds in a dry desert, to bloom at night” as inspired by the red dessert of central Australia. The installation has stood before at the Holburne Museum located in Sydney Pleasure Gardens, Bath, Somerset, England. Houston’s installation feature’s 4500 frosted glass spheres atop slender stems connected by illuminated fiber optics designed to shine in varying colors and move in tandem with the night wind.

Our Bee, Nic visited the installation and captured these stunning photos of the Field of Light!


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“I discovered light as a medium first in my professional career, outside of fine art. I had been a painter in British art schools but needed to earn a living and found myself doing that in Australia, manufacturing display signs using a glowing ultra violet plastic whose properties I just loved. When I decided to work in light, I chose it very carefully because I felt that I had too many thoughts and ideas about everything and I needed some kind of focus. I thought that by working in a medium that was very pure and true I could then have the opportunity to express lots of different ideas that filled my head.” – Bruce Munro

Other famous installations by Bruce Munro include

Whizz Pops at Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, OH USA


Blue Moon on a Platter at Waddesdon Manor, UK


Fagin’s Urchins in Cheekwood, TN, USA


While at Discovery Green, be sure to also check out Dine’s The House (Heart), Jean Dubuffet’s Monument Au Fantome and Margo Sawyer’s Synchronicity of Color, all available for viewing year round. Also currently on display until February 8th is Mexican artist Jorge Marín’s Wings of the City.

Go enjoy the cold months before the blistering sun returns to the Texas coast. Be sure to hashtag your photos of the Field of Light with #dgFieldofLight!

Stay bright, Bees!