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British artist Bruce Munro is best known for large immersive light-based installations inspired primarily by his interest in shared human experience and connection. His work has been shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Waddesdon Manor, the Rothschild Collection, Buckinghamshire; and the Guggenheim Museum, New York. 


Blooms incorporates seven circular arrays of multi-colored fishing rods, illuminated at night. This flotilla of blooming ethereal light structures glint and flash during the day and then shimmer like giant bio-luminescent lily blossoms floating on the surface of the Arizona canal and mirrored in the water from dusk to dawn.


Munro’s use of fishing rods is a reverse reference to the protection of the White Amur fish from China that are specially imported by Salt River Project (SRP) to populate and clean the canals. SRP, the entity which oversees the entire 131-mile of canal system in Arizona, has a policy of “catch and release” for these fish. Throughout the rest of the canal system, Arizona Game & Fish allows fishing. In this way, the installation is also intended to serve as a reminder of the eco-system within the canal itself.


The art installation extends across the 750 foot expanse of canal between the Soleri Bridge & Plaza and the Marshall Way Bridge at the Scottsdale Waterfront, located just southwest of the intersection of Scottsdale and Camelback Roads. Each of the seven light structures is composed of one hundred 10-foot fiberglass fishing rods Each rod is threaded with a single 1mm fiber optic cable, which terminates in a suspended stainless steel spinner. The form of the structures, each approximately 20 feet in diamter, reference a blossoming water lily flower. 


Blooms is on view November 2015 through our fourth annual Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light event taking place February 25-28, 2016.


Additionally during this time, Munro’s work is the subject of an unprecedented cultural collaboration titled Desert Radiance, allowing the artist solo experimentation in scales and environments, from land mass to water, and the domestic to the panoramic. The Desert Radiance collaborators include some of the greater Phoenix area’s preeminent arts organizations including Lisa Sette Gallery’s presentation of diverse video installations—including two recently conceived pieces—and smaller scale light-based artworks, a newly-commissioned indoor installation at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and a second site-specific outdoor installation at the Desert Botanical Garden. 


Press for Blooms by Bruce Munro

New York Times

The Arizona Republic

Phoenix New Times: The PHiX, Your Daily Culture Blog

Private Clubs Magazine

Phoenix New Times

Sunset Magazine: Westphoria

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