In Brandywine Valley, PA, Longwood Gardens, one of America’s most historic botanical oases, has commissioned the British light artist Bruce Munro to present a debut, garden-wide exhibition. Light: Installations by Bruce Munro, running through September 1, is Munro’s first garden installation in the United States. The installation allows visitors to stroll through the gardens at night—an illuminated perspective that’s never been seen before at Longwood.
The bucolic setting of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and the size and meticulous maintenance of the 1,077-acre garden are already enough to inspire awe. Munro’s additional dimension of artificial light will delight visitors further, “with their beauty and ingenuity,” said Paul Redman, director of the gardens.
Installation highlights include Forest of Light, which invites guests to wander through a serene forest of 20,000 illuminated stems reminiscent of blooming flowers. Longwood’s undulating Meadow plays host to the Water Towers, a collection of 69 symmetric towers made of plastic bottles creating a glowing maze of light that changes hues to music. In Water Lilies in Bloom, Munro pays homage to Longwood’s iconic water lily platters and sets his shimmering interpretations to float on the Large Lake. Nearby, the 6,000-stem installation Field of Light beckons visitors toward its glowing ambiance.