Light art to illuminate Albany’s Anzac spirit

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
VideoThe striking Albany light installation created by Bruce Munro will open this week.

“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 this Thursday.

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.

Avenue of Honour:Field of Light.
Camera IconAvenue of Honour:Field of Light. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Mr Munro said to be given the opportunity to create this work in remembrance of the Anzacs was a wonderful 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.”

FORM project manager Ellie Van Rhyn, Hugo Witt, Serena and Burce Munro, Tink and Florrie Munro and FORM’s Sue McMahon.
Camera IconFORM project manager Ellie Van Rhyn, Hugo Witt, Serena and Burce Munro, Tink and Florrie Munro and FORM’s Sue McMahon. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

The artist said his installation, a global phenomenon was more about the point of the work, to draw attention to the honour and the emotion of the centenary celebrations.

“This is about what people feel and what they take away from the work; I was quite concerned doing another field of light installation in Australia because of what we had created in Uluru,” he said.

“I didn’t want this installation to take away from what we had done there, 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.”

Mr Munro said there was a certain sadness when it came to creating the installation.

“We are creating these stunning installations and then saying goodbye to them but they are truthful to life, nothing is permanent and I love the impermanence of things – in six months’ time this will all be a memory – and it’s a memory I am creating.”

Avenue of Honour: Field of Light will be open from October 4 until April 25, 2019.

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