“Field of Light”, a massive art installation at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, is extending its stay. It was originally planned to be open for only a couple of months, installation will last until May.
Created by artist Bruce Munro, Field of Light spans 16 acres in the center’s arboretum and features 28,000 solar-powered glass spheres that glow in different colors when the sun goes down. Field of Light opened in September and was supposed to close last month.
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The installation received “an enthusiastic response from the community,” the producers of C3 Presents said in a press release.
Tickets starting at $41 in January and February will be available at fieldoflightaustin.com. New to Extended Edition: All tickets will include access to on-site parking, where available, and access to an elevated observation deck.
“Field of Light” is open from 17:30 to 20:00 from Friday to Sunday.
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Moving the installation to the center is a long-term process that began during the coronavirus pandemic. Sam Elkin, director of partnerships at C3 Presents, visited Munro’s similar installations Field of Light and Light Towers in Paso Robles, California at the start of the pandemic. Elkin, on a whim, contacted the Munro team to see if they could move the light show to Austin.
Austin’s Field of Light is similar to Munro’s other works of the same name, but he says the work changes with the landscape and seasons.
Luminaires are made of fiber optics, glass and acrylic materials. They work on a timer and change color as you walk along the path around the unit. About 256 volunteers installed the light about a month before the opening of the “Field of Light”.
According to the Wildflower Center, the setup uses low lumen LED bulbs that produce the least amount of light possible.
“I never want to go out into the scenery and the light. The installation is very delicate, with the amount of light you see. Because if you’re having a great evening and the stars aren’t shining, you want it to still be possible. see the stars,” Munro told American-Statesman last May.