This is how Bruce Monro is described on his website: “British artist Bruce Munro is best known for immersive large-scale light-based installations inspired largely by his interest in shared human experience. Recording ideas and images in sketchbooks has been his practice for over 30 years. By this means he has captured his responses to stimuli such as music, literature, science, and the world around him for reference, reflection, and subject matter. This tendency has been combined with a liking for components and an inventive urge for reuse, coupled with career training in the manufacture of light. As a result, Munro produces both monumental temporary experiential artworks as well as intimate story-pieces.”
Or, put more simply, Bruce Monro is a large-scale installation artist who works with light. Zowie, from the description, I think I’m in love before I even see anything. Who isn’t fascinated by a good light show? Most of us love Christmas lights and seek out the showiest examples in the neighborhood. Larger displays draw us too. We make special trips to see the Buffalo Grain Elevator Concerts and Niagara Falls illuminated by colored light. Think about what a particular location might look like (say a church or a concert hall) if someone created an installation designed to highlight the wonder of the space. Can you imagine seeing thousands of meticulously hung sparkling points of light?
Let me help you envision it. Start with this cool video of the “Light Shower” installation at Salisbury Cathedral, UK, 2010, accompanied by majestic choral music: https://vimeo.com/35000000
While I chose an image taken from Bruce Monro’s 2012 installation at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, called “Light Shower” to illustrate this post; what I’m trying to do is introduce you to the idea of him. To interest you in learning more. I suggest you go to the “works” page of his website and wander around in the installation images. (http://www.brucemunro.co.uk/work/)
Today’s music selection: “Ave Maris Stella” sung by Anonymous 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zDsX8CAw70