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Artist Statement

It was a joyful surprise when I first visited Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. On first impressions the space inside seemed like Dr. Who’s TARDIS...the outside of the building belied the true extent of the interior spaces with many lovely surprises around every corner!

As an artist it is my practice to record my thoughts and ideas; I’ve kept sketchbooks since I was young. Often times when I see a space, long since forgotten thoughts and ideas bubble to the surface and present themselves as fully formed pieces. This was definitely my experience at Franklin Park Conservatory. The varied character of the gardens had my mind working overtime and as a result this exhibition contains many new elements created from the spontaneous interaction of my thoughts and the physical response to a space.

Gardens do make people happy; for me they are the museums of tomorrow. They connect and inform us and show the beauty and complexity of nature up close. Like the other gardens that I have recently had the pleasure of visiting, everyone who works or visits seems to have a smile on their faces. It's a privilege to exhibit at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. I hope that work I create, which is but a fleeting intervention in the gardens calendar, leaves those who experience it with a smile and a positive spirit.

About Bruce Munro

British artist Bruce Munro was born in 1959 and completed a B.A. in Fine Arts at Bristol Polytechnic. Shortly thereafter he moved to Sydney, where he learned about design and lighting, inspired by Australia's natural light and landscape. Returning to Southwest England in 1992, he settled in the countryside near Bath.

As a young man with a family, Munro explored several avenues of design and fine art work, finally setting up his own lighting company creating unique lighting and design projects. Although he has been commissioned for bespoke lighting pieces by corporate clients such as the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, The Royal Society, Liberty & Co., and the W Hotel New York Downtown, his heart lies in creating large-scale art installations, for which he is gaining an impressive international reputation. In 2005, he created the first Field of Light in the pasture behind his 17th-century home, using the help of friends and family. He repeated this in 2010, but with over 600,000 used CDs, for the installation CDSea. In the resultant publicity of these immersive artworks, additional offers to exhibit began to trickle in. His work has been shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the Biennale Kijkduin in Den Hague, the Eden Project in Cornwall, Kensington Palace, and the Guggenheim Museum, New York.

In 2010-11, Munro’s Light Shower and Water-Towers installations were shown in the 13th-century gothic Salisbury Cathedral to much international praise. In 2012, Munro mounted his first solo exhibition in the United States for Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. The year was rounded off with an exhibition of two new pieces in the UK at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, England (the house built by the Rothschild family in the 1870s). 
 
In 2013, Munro has exhibited at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, Nashville, TN (May 24–November 10). He also continues his residency at Waddesdon Manor with the debut exhibition of Cantus Arcticus (27 March–27 October) and a major solo exhibition of six large-scale installations in the grounds of the Manor (13 November–January 1, 2014).

For more information about Bruce Munro, visit www.brucemunro.co.uk.