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‘Tropical Light’ a Bruce Munro Exhibition brightening the streets of Darwin

Darwin locals and visitors to the Northern Territory are getting excited about world renowned artist, Bruce Munro’s, ‘Tropical Light’ exhibition opening in November.

‘Tropical Light’ features eight illuminated sculptures along a 2.5km outdoor trail. The artwork reflects Munro’s experiences from travelling in Australia and in particular within the Northern Territory.

The free exhibition is a first of its kind, being Munro’s first city-wide exhibition in the world, and will run for six months from 1 November 2019 through to 30 April 2020.

As the first major event for the tropical summer, a number of local businesses have developed tours specifically for the event.

Experiencing the Tropical Light exhibition

Darwin cruise company Sea Darwin is offering a ‘Tropical Light: Unplugged Twilight Cruise’ from November through to March offering views of Bruce Munro’s ‘Water Towers’ installation at the Darwin Waterfront.

Char Restaurant Darwin will offer an indulgent dining experience with a luxury limousine pick up and an exclusive Bruce Munro: Tropical Light tour.

Crocosaurus Cove will offer a special twilight experience featuring performers from the Burning Circus in an exciting showcase of flame throwing and crocodiles.

Walk Darwin has a new ‘Tropical Light Artscapes’ walking tour, taking in four of the Tropical Light installations while exploring street art throughout CBD laneways.

Doing it on your own?

The exhibition is self-guided, connected by a trail between each. During the day, you can enjoy the sculptures up close, learning about the meaning and significance of each. Each evening from 7pm the sculptures will illuminate in a variety of colours.

Find out more and follow the Tropical Light website throughout the exhibition.

Tropical Light exhibition map

Image courtesy; Northern Territory Government

Who is Bruce Munro?

Originally from England, artist Bruce Munro is best known for large immersive light-based installations inspired primarily by his interest in shared human experience and connection.

After studying fine arts, he moved to Australia, and commenced working in design and lighting inspired by Australia’s landscapes. Munro became an Australian citizen in 1990 and holds dual nationality with the United Kingdom.

Munro’s work has been displayed at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, around England and at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Bruce Munro might sound familiar as he is also the creative genius behind the stunning Field of Light installation at Uluru.

Uluru and the Field of Light

Uluru is already an incredible natural attraction and there really is something special about walking around it and admiring it from afar, during the day.

At night you can enjoy the stunning and popular Field of Light installation (or Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku in the local dialect of Pitjantjatjara), by international celebrated Bruce Munro.

The installation is here for a while longer – actually until December 2020, but it doesn’t mean you need to delay a visit. The installation spans across 50,000 spindles of light, which move with the breeze and mimic the colours of the surrounding landscape.

Field of Light exhibition at Uluru

The events are getting bigger and better…

Planning ahead for 2020? Check out the Parrtjima Festival and Wide Open Space. For keeping up to date with what’s happening and what’s upcoming in the NT in general, follow @AusOutbackNT

Gas safety at home and on the road

Planning on a BBQ or venturing onto the road to enjoy a few nights under the stars, in these balmy conditions? Don’t forget to make sure your gas is ready to go!

Follow these links if you’ve run out of gas at home or on the road.

Keep your safety and the environment in mind, when heating, cooking or camping with gas, with our helpful suggestions on gas safety.

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