Eight large-scale illuminated sculptures will be the centrepiece of international artist Bruce Munro’s third Australian exhibition, Tropical Light, when it opens in Darwin on November 1.
In what will be Munro’s world first city-wide exhibition, Tropical Light is expected to attract thousands of visitors to visit the Northern Territory’s Top End during the Tropical Summer season, with the free exhibition to remain open until 30 April, 2020.
The illuminated sculptures will form a free, self-guided, outdoor exhibition trail through Darwin’s CBD and Waterfront precincts.
“This city has changed a great deal since my first visit in 1992,” said Munro. “Darwin is a jewel that sparkles under a tropical sun. It has much to offer the discerning traveller in one of the remotest parts of the world.
“Art is a great way to draw people together, to start discussions, share opinions and ideas. I want to involve all of the people in Darwin and visitors; guide people. I’m hoping it brings the community together. I’m asking a lot I know, but I’ve learned over the years – let the artwork do its thing and it should bring people together. Become part of the art and the art becomes part of you.”
“It’s not just about installing disparate light ideas and installations but all of this exhibition is about Darwin, connecting different parts of the city, and the community – that’s a really clever thing.”
Adding a further element to the 2.5km arts trail will be works by six local Territory artists, to be positioned nearby the illuminated sculptures.