BRUCE MUNRO’S EXHIBITION LIGHTS THE WAY AT CHEEKWOOD BOTANICAL GARDEN AND MUSEUM OF ART
If you attended CMA Fest in Music City this past weekend and are in need of a relaxing night to recuperate after the back-to-back stellar country music performances, or if you simply want something fun to do during the long, warm nights of a Tennessee summer, I have the perfect place for you to visit.
Acclaimed British artist Bruce Munro’s exhibition “Light” is now open to the public at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. It’s the second North American exhibition of “Light,” having first showed at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. Using an array of materials and hundreds of fiber optic lights, Munro’s nine-piece installation transports you to a world of imagination and whimsy at Cheekwood.
“Field of Light,” located in the center of the exhibit, features twenty thousand fiber optic lights that change colors from green to yellow to blue, red and purple. As they change colors, the field looks like one filled with thousands of lightning bugs. “Water-Towers” is illuminated by LED lighting and is enhanced with a musical soundtrack, welcoming visitors to walk amongst the towers as the installation changes colors with the music.
Two installations were designed just for Cheekwood: “Fagin’s Urchins,” spherical balls of light, hovers over the Reflection Pool and “Blue Moon” is inside the Japanese garden, featuring a huge blue ball of light surrounded by thousands of compact discs. “Candlelight” is a series of flickering LED candle luminaries that can be found in The Japanese Pavilion. “Light Shower” is quite possibly my personal favorite as it is suspended from the ceiling of the Loggia inside the mansion. The installation’s cords end in raindrop shapes as they glisten in a white-golden light. Three smaller sculptures can be found inside that boast beautiful architecture, synesthesia and, of course, illumination.
To celebrate this exhibition, Cheekwood has extended its hours to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings so visitors can experience “Light” under the night sky. First Tennessee Fridays will be even more magical as musical acts will perform throughout Cheekwood, providing an eclectic soundtrack to the exhibit now through Nov. 8. Specialty cocktails, cash bars throughout the grounds, dining in the Pineapple Room and more fun are scheduled.
Tickets during Bruce Munro’s “Light” nights, beginning at 4:30 p.m. are $15 for adults; $8 for kids ages 3-17; $12 for seniors and $5 for Cheekwood members. Parking is $3.
Have you visited Cheekwood for Bruce Munro’s “Light?” What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!