Light art to il­lu­mi­nate An­zac spirit

Great Southern Herald - - News - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

“It’s about pos­i­tiv­ity, it’s about the fu­ture, it’s about beauty and it’s about hu­man spirit.”

Artist and cre­ator of Field of Light, Bruce Munro said his light in­stal­la­tion is a com­mem­o­ra­tion of peace and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

Av­enue of Hon­our: Field of Light will be opened to the pub­lic to­day.

Six­teen thou­sand glass spheres will shine bright in a tribute to the sac­ri­fice and brav­ery of the men and women who left for war, co­in­cid­ing with the An­zac cen­te­nary com­mem­o­ra­tions.

Mr Munro said to be given the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate this work in re­mem­brance of the An­zacs was an hon­our and a true priv­i­lege.

“This has been a mas­sive project for me, when you fly pieces of work to dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments the work changes and the en­vi­ron­ment changes; this place is sen­ti­men­tal and the whole con­cept of do­ing some­thing for the An­zac cen­te­nary was so dif­fer­ent,” he said.

“In this place, you stop and think about ex­actly what it is we are com­mem­o­rat­ing here, and you try to cre­ate some­thing to al­low peo­ple to con­tem­plate that these were the young peo­ple that gave their lives, I think that’s the point of this. I feel as if ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity has got­ten be­hind this project and that’s a re­ally nice feel­ing.”

The artist said his in­stal­la­tion, a global phe­nom­e­non, was more about the point of the work, to draw at­ten­tion to the hon­our and emo­tion of the cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions. “I didn’t want this in­stal­la­tion to take away from what we had done (in Uluru), but be­ing here and see­ing it come to­gether it’s clear they are hold­ing their own and are so dif­fer­ent, they hold such dif­fer­ent val­ues,” he said.

Av­enue of Hon­our: Field of Light will be open from un­til April 25, 2019.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

FORM project man­ager El­lie Van Rhyn, Hugo Witt, Ser­ena and Burce Munro, Tink and Flor­rie Munro and FORM’s Sue McMa­hon.

UK artist Bruce Munro said it has been a priv­i­lege to cre­ate Av­enue of Hon­our: Field of Light.

The mag­i­cal Field of Light.

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