Shimmering Lightshow at Nashville’s Cheekwood Botanical Gardens

Posted on April 21, 2013


MunroBruceColorfulLawn Artist Bruce Munro’s inspired light installations, called simply Light, will transform Nashville’s Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Artinto an enchanting, iridescent landscape that emerges organically at nightfall.  Visitors will be able to enjoy the large-scale outdoor displays from May 24 through November 10, 2013.  Says Jane Offenbach, president and CEO of Cheekwood. “This is Cheekwood’s first major exhibition meant to be viewed exclusively after sunset, and I am confident that Light will draw record nighttime crowds and solidify Cheekwood as a preeminent setting for other celebrated artists to showcase their work.”

The trip — about a three and a half hour drive from Lexington — would make a fantastic short get-away. Because Light’s luminous beauty is designed to be appreciated at dusk and at night, Cheekwood will offer extended hours on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings until 11 p.m. On First Tennessee Fridays, Cheekwood will open its Pineapple Room Restaurant for dinner, host several bars with drinks and snacks throughout the property, and feature live music to enhance visitors’ Light experience.

MunroBruceLawnBulbsWiltshire-based Munro is an installation artist working with light in all of its forms. His work has been exhibited at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and at the 13th century gothic Salisbury Cathedral, where it garnered international praise. Munro’s work has also been shown at the Holburne Museum in Bath, Kensington Palace in London and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Munro and his team have spent more than 6,500 hours carefully designing and creating the site-specific exhibition of Light for Cheekwood, and they expect it to take almost 2000 hours overall to install. Installation began on April 8 and will continue through May 21.

 “Cheekwood is the most perfect place to exhibit because it provides a variety of opportunities to respond to – each space varies in scale and topographical character, “ said Munro. “The mansion is truly at one with the landscape, and this understated balance and harmony inspired me to create Field of Light within its environs. Approaching the mansion, visitors will be mesmerized by the 20,000 lighted glass spheres rising from the ground on slender stems. Their sheer volume, glow and gentle shapes silhouetted against Cheekwood’s architectural masterpiece create an effect that is both natural and otherworldly, setting the tone for visitors’ evenings experiencing Light.”

In Cheekwood’s color garden, 40 monumental towers made from 10,080 recyclable water bottles will luminesce in a glowing dance as the individual towers change color in synchronization with music. This installation, Water-Towers, seeks to “capture the spirit of life’s continual flux,” explains Munro. “It reinforces the idea that reality is simply a beautiful improvised dance that lives in the moment.”

About Cheekwood

Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate. Cheekwood’s mission is to preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit. Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive in Nashville, 8 miles southwest of downtown Nashville. Open Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, seniors $10 and children 3-17 are $5. Parking is $3 per car. Admission during Bruce Munro Nights will be $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for children 3-17 and $5 for Cheekwood members. For further information call 615-356-8000 or click here: Cheekwood.

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