‘light shower’ by bruce munro installed within the salisbury cathedral
all photos by mark pickthall
‘light shower’ is UK-based artist bruce munro‘s most recent sculptural work,
located within the highest point of the salisbury cathedral.
the installation consists of 2, 000 shimmering points of light / teardrop diffusers, each set at the
end of a fiber optic thread, all cascading downwards from the cathedral’s spire crossing.
the volume of the piece measures 10m x 10m x 7m, taking over an area which is comparable
to the size of a modest house. within the cathedral, which dates back to 1258 and that is 134.7m long
and 123m in height at its highest point, ‘light shower’ hovers like a cloud of luminescence.
worm’s eye view
‘within minutes of walking into the magnificent nave of the cathedral I knew what I wanted to create.
I firmly believe that a building gives all the clues to what will work best. I hope that what I create
will capture the
spiritual essence that pervades the space.’ – bruce munro
munro chose the area within the cathedral where the transepts intersect
the nave for several reasons:
there are excellent structural
opportunities to suspend an invisible wire; the central space is midway
between congregation and clergy can act as a unifying link to other
features of the building;
munro hopes that the installation will act
as a conduit and encourage both visitors and worshipers
to see the
building in a ‘new light’ and appreciate the building’s vast spaces.
‘light shower’ will officially be turned on november 29th, 2010 and will remain lit until january 2011.
one of bruce munro’s assistants with ‘the cage’ used to arrange the 2, 000 lights
arranging all of the lines of light
arranging the lights
artist bruce munro preparing the lights
work in progress on the ‘light shower’ installation