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Brookgreen Gardens Opens Bruce Munro at Brookgreen: Southern Light



#5 Field of Light, Precedent Image. Photographer Serena Munro

Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina’s premier botanical garden, is excited to announce the opening of Bruce Munro at Brookgreen: Southern Light, an immersive light art installation throughout Brookgreen’s outdoor garden spaces. The installation is now on display, with enhanced COVID-19 safety procedures, Wednesday through Saturday evenings from 8 pm to 11 pm.

Bruce Munro at Brookgreen: Southern Light consists of seven works of art in light and mixed media, each designed specifically for the natural garden spaces where they are installed. Brookgreen’s exhibit is the only opportunity to see Munro’s work in the eastern United States in 2020.

The following illuminated installations consist of tens of thousands of components and are placed throughout the sculpture gardens and arboretum:

  1. Field of Light – 11,700 stems of light in softly moving colors covering the Arboretum.
  2. Fireflies – 600 sprigs, flourishing in Oak Allée.
  3. Time and Again – 37 stainless steel “lilies” in Pegasus Field.
  4. Okonjima Choral Society – 2,000 ‘frogs’ singing in unison behind the garden wall at the Brenda S. Rosen Carolina Terrace.
  5. Hive – installation composed of 1,448 bee-inspired hexagonal elements in the Bell Tower.
  6. Reflections – 4 mesmerizing sound and light digital projections in the arcade between the Welcome Center and Keepsakes.
  7. Water-Towers – 10 towers illuminated by fiber optics and choreographed sound in the grassy area adjacent to The Visionaries sculpture.

Due to COVID-19, Brookgreen Gardens has enacted safety protocols to ensure the safety of all visitors. All guests are asked to wear face masks during their visit. To enter the exhibit, guests should line up in the indicated area near the Welcome Center. Brookgreen will be staggering entry to the exhibit and asking everyone to keep 6 feet away from those not in their party. Several areas in the exhibit will have one-way only traffic. Guests should stay on walkways and follow the indicated directions. To walk through the exhibit a second time, return to the entry line to begin again.

To purchase tickets, click here. Tickets already purchased can be used at any date during the exhibition. For more information about this event, click here.

About Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. Founded in 1931 by Anna Hyatt Huntington and Archer Huntington, Brookgreen is home to the largest and most significant collection of American Figurative Sculpture in the county, and is a leader in sculpture conservation, environmental conservation, and the protection of the plants, animals, and history of the South Carolina Lowcountry.  For more information, visit our web site at or call 843-235-6000.

About Bruce Munro

British artist Bruce Munro (b. 1959) is best known for large immersive light-based installations inspired primarily by his interest in shared human experience and connection. He completed a B.A. in Fine Arts at Bristol Polytechnic in 1982. Shortly thereafter he moved to Sydney where he took up employment in design and lighting, inspired by Australia’s natural light and landscape. Returning to England in 1992, he settled in Wiltshire, where he raised 4 children with his wife. Following his father’s death in 1999, Munro felt compelled to resume artmaking on a personal level. His work has been shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Waddesdon Manor, the Rothschild Collection, Buckinghamshire; and the Guggenheim Museum, New York. It is held in museum collections internationally including the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

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