Wednesday, April 8, 2015

'Parliament of Owl' Light Installation by Bruce Munro

'Parliament of Owls' Waddesdon Manor, UK 2013

'Fagin’s Urchins' Cheekwood, TN, USA 2013

'Water-Towers' Hermitage Museum and Gardens, Norfolk, Virginia, USA 2014

'Teepees' Waddesdon Manor, UK 2013

'Beacon' Waddesdon Manor, UK 2014

Brune Munro is an internationally acclaimed British artist known for his large-scale light installations. The materials that he uses for his installation ranges from glass spheres, plastic bottles, fiber optics, fluorescent tubes generally attached to a music system for a rich sensory delight for onlookers.

'Parliament of Owls' was one of the six sculptural installations of Bruce Munro's first solo exhibition of large-scale exterior works in the UK for "Winter Light" at Waddesdon. The sculpture featured 36 pairs of blinking owl-like glass eyes perched in a totemic tree constructed out of timber and fresnel lenses 

Bruce shares his inspiration behind his artwork Parliament of Owls" "Having come across a simple glass lense in his studio one day Munro was struck by its resemblance to an owl’s eye. From his childhood he had always been fascinated by the ‘parliament’ of owls in the fourth element of the Narnia Chronicles The Silver Chair by C.S Lewis. Parliament of Owls was first created for exhibition at Waddesdon Manor in the UK the ‘owls’ sit high up on their perches as 36 pairs of wide blinking eyes stare out across the gardens."

His work has been exhibited by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Waddesdon Manor, the de Rothschild Foundation, 
Buckinghamshire; and the Guggenheim Museum, New York. If you are in the area, you can see his work in person at the exhibition 'Light in the Garden' at Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Atlanta, GA, from May 3 through September 30. More more information on the exhibition and timings go to this link.