Rockford Park District

A garden-wide art exhibition called Bruce Munro: LIGHT, featuring internationally known artist Bruce Munro, will shine a whole new light on Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. 2nd Street, Rockford, in 2017. A British native, Munro is known for his large light-based sculpture installations. His sculptures have been featured in museums around the world as well as some premier U.S. public gardens such as Longwood Gardens, Atlanta Botanic Garden, Desert Botanic Garden, and Franklin Park Conservatory. The Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens exhibition is Munro’s first exhibit in the Chicago region.


About Bruce Munro: LIGHT

Bruce Munro: LIGHT will run from June 3, 2017 through November 5, 2017. The exhibition is Munro’s eighth large-scale garden exhibition in the U.S. The Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens campus will provide a stunning backdrop for eight sculptures, including Munro’s iconic “Field of Light” and “Water-Towers.” Two new works will also debut: “Sun,” a monumental globe, and “Don’s Flamingos,” a playful homage to the designer of the pink lawn flamingo, Don Featherstone.


“It is a great privilege to create an exhibition at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens. I was captured by the landscape of the garden and the Rock River adjacent. Gardens are very special to me because it’s an opportunity to re-engage people with real life, with the beauty of a garden, and that sense was with me when I visited the Conservatory. Part of the aim of these garden exhibitions is to get people who aren’t necessarily familiar with a garden to visit and experience such a beautiful place to be. I love the challenge presented to me by the Conservatory, of seeking out the balance that exists between contemporary art, landscapes, and architecture,” said artist Bruce Munro.


About Bruce Munro

British artist Bruce Munro is best known for producing large immersive light-based installations, which often employ a massing of components by the thousands. An artistic diarist, he has spent over 30 years collecting and recording ideas and images in his sketchbooks, which he returns to over time as source material. Language, literature, science, and music have also greatly influenced his work. Frequently, Bruce’s subject matter is his own experience of fleeting moments of rapport with the world and existence in its largest sense of being part of life’s essential pattern. His reoccurring motif is the use of light on an environmental scale in order to create an emotional response for the viewer. Munro’s work has been widely exhibited, including by the Guggenheim Museum, NY; Waddesdon Manor for the Rothschild Collection, UK, and Longwood Gardens, PA. His landscape installation “Field of Light” is at Uluru, Australia through March 2017. His work is held in the collections of museums and botanical gardens internationally, including the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK.


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