Works by artist Bruce Munro to light up the Franklin Park Conservatory

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Photo courtesy Longwood Gardens

At a press conference this afternoon, the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens announced a new art exhibition of works by British light artist Bruce Munro opening Sept. 25 and running through Feb. 28. It will only be the third U.S. exhibition of art by Munro, who once reconstructed a "sea" in his backyard but placing 600,000 used CDs face down, shiny side up, side by side. His work has also included sprawling fields of bulbous plant lookalikes made of fiber optic light and dangling installations that appear to be illuminated rain dancing on a window. Inspired by the uniqueness of the Conservatory, Munro will install several new works, as well as old works updated to suit the Franklin Park architecture. Among them, a lightning storm show in the South Conservatory, tall lit water tower sculptures in the Bonsai courtyard, and five new pieces in the Cardinal Health Gallery.