Bruce Munro at Waddesdon
13 November 2013 – 1 January 2014
Six site-specific installations create a dramatic explosion of light and colour in the grounds of Waddesdon Manor.
Munro has a self-proclaimed passion for 'light in all its forms', and the works on display reflect his ongoing fascination with its transformative capabilities.
The display features works such as Brass Monkeys, a series of free standing pyramid sculptures within which spheres radiate varying shades of blue and white, and River of Light, a re-imagining of his Field of Light – the piece which first brought him to international prominence.
Made up of almost 6,500 lighted glass spheres arranged in a specific geometric format, it appears to flow and ripple like a river.
Munro hopes the light sculptures will invite visitors to explore the landscape in new and unusual ways.
The exhibition is the conclusion to Waddesdon Manor's year-long focus on the sensual, illusory and aesthetic effects of light.
Two works have been created specifically for the exhibition; Parliament of Owls, a totemic 'tree' from which pairs of bird-like glass eyes wink and blink at passers by and Mynah Words, featuring a series of ultra-violet tubes and laser-cut speech bubbles.
Installed in the manor aviary, Mynah words is a humorous response to the chattering of the Rothschild Mynahs, an endangered species named after the naturalist Lord Rothschild, which are successfully bred at Waddesdon.