Darwin unveils Tropical Light exhibition in push to boost visitation during summer

Tropical Light illuminated sculpture Green Flash.

Darwin has just unveiled its latest attraction with hopes it will emulate the success of UK artist Bruce Munro’s first light installation in Uluru.

Bruce Munro: Tropical Light features eight illuminated sculptures stretching 2.5km around Darwin’s city centre.

The free exhibition is part of the NT Tourism’s plan to induce more visitors to the Top End during its wet season.

“This is the time when the Top End becomes alive – it’s lush, vibrant, moody and surprising,” said Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss.

Bruce Munroe at Tropical Light illuminated sculpture Water-Towers.

“This is a truly unique exhibition that captures the essence of tropical Darwin and puts it up in lights for all the world to experience.”

The exhibition is expected to attract an extra 50,000 visitors to the Top End over the course of six months.

“We are investing an additional $40.78 million into festivals and events over four years as part of Turbocharging Tourism, recognising the important role they play in driving visitation and enhancing the liveability of our communities,” said Moss.

Munro thanked all the people involved in the exhibition, describing it as an “amazing journey”.

Tropical Light illuminated sculpture Sun Lily.

“It’s a privilege to be given the opportunity to create a world-first, city-wide exhibition for Darwin,” he said. “This city has changed a great deal since my first visit on a camping trip in 1992.

“I hope Tropical Light attracts people from the Territory, Australia-wide and internationally to Darwin, which is an amazing city to be discovered.”

Uluru’s Field of Lights draws more than 450,000 spectators each year and has been extended indefinitely. But Munro says Tropical Light offers a very different experience.

Tropical Light illuminated sculpture Telegraph Rose.

“Those coming to Darwin for Tropical Lights will experience the beautiful city … which has everything a big city has but slightly more condensed,” he told news.com.au.

“This exhibition is not about me plonking sculptures from (the) other side of the world and putting them in Darwin, the sculptures are inspired by Darwin.”

Tropical Light will run for six months closing on 30 April 2020.