Lonely Planet Writer

Take a look at the incredible Field of Light art show in the desert at Uluru in Australia's Northern Territory

Internationally acclaimed British artist Bruce Munro’s immersive installation, Field of Light Uluru has commenced its second season giving travellers until 31 March 2018 to experience this immersive installation in the desert in person.

Field of Light, Uluru, Bruce Munro 2016
Field of Light, Uluru, Bruce Munro 2016. Image by: Mark Pickthall.

The award-winning exhibition has exceeded all expectations, drawing record numbers to the region.

The piece, aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in the local Pitjantjatjara language is Munro’s largest work to date, with more than 50,000 slender stems crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres that calmly change colour almost as if it is slowly breathing.

Field of Light, Uluru, Bruce Munro 2016 Photo by: Mark Pickthall
Multi-coloured light stems at the Field of Light, Uluru, Bruce Munro 2016 Image by: Mark Pickthall

The piece is in a natural ampitheatre among red sand dunes and is spread over an area the size of four football fields.

It’s the artist’s first work to be illuminated entirely through solar power. The spheres, connected via illuminated optical fibre, bloom as darkness falls. Pathways draw viewers into the artwork, which comes to life under a sky brilliant with stars.

Bruce Munro at the Field of Light Uluru
Field of Light Uluru illuminated in the red sky and Bruce Munro. Field of Light, Uluru, Bruce Munro 2016 Image by: Mark Pickthall

“Field of Light was one idea that landed in my sketchbook and kept on nagging at me to be done,” said Bruce Munro. “I saw in my mind a landscape of illuminated stems that, like dormant seeds in a dry desert, quietly wait until darkness falls, under a blazing blanket of southern stars, to bloom with gentle rhythms of light”.

“I am greatly moved and humbled by the enormous response to the artwork. It’s obvious the combination of the exhibition and a canvas as visceral as this – flourishing from red dirt and tufts of spinifex, in the shadows of nature’s biggest shape-shifter, Uluru, is immensely powerful to people,” said Bruce.

Silhouettes and red stems. Field of Light, Uluru, Bruce Munro 2016 Photo by: Mark Pickthall
Red Stems.Field of Light, Uluru, Bruce Munro 2016. Image by: Mark Pickthall

Since opening, almost 120,000 people have visited Field of Light and the different operators offer different ways to experience this unique and mesmerising installation. A Field of Light Pass includes transfers from nearby accommodation, a Star Pass also includes sparkling wine and canapes, and for those wanting a special evening under the stars there is A Night at Field of Light dining experience where guests can also arrive via helicopter – or camel.

Guests enjoy dinner under the stars. Field of Light, Uluru, Bruce Munro 2016. Image by: Mark Pickthall 
Dining under the stars.Field of Light, Uluru, Bruce Munro 2016. Image by: Mark Pickthall 

There is a strong contrast between the ancient landscape and the ephemeral nature of light as well as the limited time the event will be in situ. “For anyone fortunate enough to have walked among these 50,000 magical illuminated stems, Field of Light Uluru undoubtedly qualifies as one of the most amazing exhibitions in Australia today,” said Tourism Australia’s CEO John O’Sullivan.

Get booking those flights, you have less than one year left. Once the installation is packed up and flown back home to the UK there will be no trace left to suggest it was ever here.