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Bruce Munro’s New Light Sculptures Are Straight Outta Narnia

An outdoor art installation at Montalvo finds inspiration in the wondrous world of C.S. Lewis.

Bruce Munro’s Field of Light, on display at Uluru, in Australia.

 

“I got a strange feeling that I’d been there before,” says acclaimed light artist Bruce Munro of visiting the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga. Exploring the historic grounds’ sprawling gardens in 2016, he was “immediately reminded of Narnia,” the setting of C.S. Lewis’s beloved series of fantasy novels.

That spark of recognition inspired his otherworldly show Bruce Munro at Montalvo: Stories in Light, in which 10 whimsical illuminated sculptures are installed throughout the grounds, such as Parliament of Owls, a utility pole–shaped piece adorned with circular glass lenses that resemble glowing owls’ eyes, a reference to a scene in Lewis’s The Silver Chair. “Our hope,” says Montalvo executive director Angela McCon­nell, “is that viewers will have an incredible experience of delight and exhilaration.” Munro simply says he aims to create “moments of pure human connection.”

 

Originally published in the October issue of San Francisco

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