Beacon

Beacon

Last night we visited the Desert Botanical Garden to experience the large-scale light-based installations of British artist Bruce Munro. Our evening began with a sunset splashing yellow across the Phoenix sky. Although we did not purchase a separate ticket for the “Music in the Garden” performance, we enjoyed the soulful sounds of the Dmitri Matheny Group as we walked the Garden grounds in search of the “Sonoran Light” installations. Using 2,730 empty bottles threaded with optical fiber, “Beacon” (2008-2015) illuminates a geodesic dome with changing color. “Field of Light” (2004-2015) spreads frosted glass spheres connected by illuminated optical fiber from the Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail up a hillside. “Water Towers” (2012-2015) features 58 glowing towers using fiber optic, PET bottles, wood, and light. One of my favorites, “Chindi” (2013-2015), suspends fiber optic, acrylic, stainless steel, and light. “Saguaro” (2015) uses fiber optic, acrylic, steel, and light. I also liked the changing colors of “Eden Blooms” (2012-2015) which uses fiber optic, sintered nylon, and light. “Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light” continuing most nights through May 8, 2016 is well worth experiencing.

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