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Uluru Lights Up With 15 Tonnes of LEDs in Outback Spectacular

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This April Fool’s Day, an artwork conceived 24 years ago finally makes its way to Australia, where it was originally thought up at Uluru. Since then, the installation called Field of Light, has made appearances at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (as well as many other locations in the United Kingdom) as well as America and Mexico. On April 1st it comes full circle, when artist Bruce Munro creates a spectacular LED artwork using about 15 tonnes of LED lights and wires, over an area approximately four football fields in size.

Uluru lights up with LED's

Carried into the country on over 32 flights, the work will be on location for about a year, wrapping up next year on March 31. Munro states he always dreamed the installation would return to the rock, saying “I now have the honour and privilege of returning to create an iteration of this artwork for the place that inspired it”. He claims the idea has been carted around in his sketchbook, ‘nagging him to be done’. It seems both the artist and his work get their wish.

The gorgeous piece will be named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku, translated as ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in the language of the region, Pitjantjatjara. It will indeed be like gazing over a field of beautiful lights, as there will be over 50,000 frosted glass spheres containing LED lights on top of stems, that will raise the bulbs above the ground. From the air, the piece takes on a mystical quality, with a glow emanating from the landscape, bringing life to the cracked earth. In fact, Munro is quoted as saying

“……a work conceived in the red desert returns to its birthplace springing from the dry ground”.

The best part of this installation? It will not harm the beautiful land it adorns; LED lights are environmentally friendly, using practically all the energy they require to run. The bulbs last 50,000 hours and are cool to touch, which will be important during the hot dry season of the desert surrounding Uluru. They’re also cheap, so in this instance, an artist can’t claim to be suffering for his art. LED bulbs use less energy than many traditional light bulbs, and that’s a good thing when you’re working with 50,000 of them. In short, it’s a gorgeous, cheap, environmentally-friendly installation that will bring even more beauty to an area rich in culture and scenic views. 


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