May 23, 2012
Longwood Gardens’ Light Installations By Bruce Munro Debuts June 9: New Images Of The 23-Acre Exhibit, After-Hours SmART Nights, Culinary DeLIGHT Dinners In The Garden And More
One of our 12 Great Reasons To Visit Philadelphia In 2012 is fast-approaching: Longwood Gardens has commissioned renowned UK light artist Bruce Munro to present a garden-wide exhibition, Light Installations by Bruce Munro, debuting in just a few weeks, and it’s going to be an absolute don’t-miss experience.
Starting June 9, experience Longwood Gardens in a whole new light (so to speak) through the evocative and imaginative art of Munro. The exhibit offers guests the rare opportunity to explore Longwood Gardens after hours. There will be awesome special events complementing the exhibition to take advantage of the nighttime setting; think fireworks shows, outdoor concerts and more.
And it’s already begun to be installed on the Longwood Gardens property.
Below, we have brand new intel on this very cool exhibition to prime you for its arrival.
A recap: Light, a U.S. premiere, illuminates 23 acres of the Gardens with 11 large-scale, site-specific light installations, seven outside in areas not usually seen by the public, three inside the grand four-acre conservatory and a small collection of illuminated sculptures in Longwood’s historic Music Room. See images here.
Bonus: all materials will be low impact and will be repurposed, recycled or composted.
Opening Weekend: June 9-10
Be one of the first to see Light during its opening weekend. Featured events include a Culinary DeLIGHT Dinner, a late-summer feast using the freshest ingredients from the harvest season in the unparalleled setting of the Light exhibition outdoors; and Curtis Institute of Music Master Class, part of an ongoing collab between the Curtis Institute and Longwood.
Meet Director Paul B. Redman and Artist Bruce Munro in a special edition of “Branching Out Lecture Series: Gardens in a Whole New Light,” June 9.
Those are just the tip of the iceberg. Check out a few of the exclusive events happening in conjunction with Light:
• SmART Nights: Thursdays, beginning at 7 p.m., hear some of the region’s brightest minds explore the science of light, then share your own bright ideas at StorySlams facilitated by First Person Arts. Light-inspired refreshments and cocktails will be available to purchase during SmART Nights. Check out who’s on the schedule online.
• Culinary DeLIGHT Dinners: Dine among the lights at one of the two special dining events. The first is part of Opening Weekend (see above); the second is scheduled for September 9. Both are four-course meals featuring local ingredients, set in the enchanting backdrop of the Light installations. September 9, have a sweet ending to your evening with a decadent dessert buffet on the Conservatory Terrace, with Longwood’s Illuminated Fountains providing the grand finale.
Download the free mobile Light app for exclusive installation details and more, available June 6. Upload your photos and experiences during the exhibit and browse the special exhibit catalog.
Timed admission tickets are on sale now. Buy tickets online, in the Visitor Center, or by phone at (610) 388-1000 (additional fees apply for phone orders).
See a preview: Watch a video of Bruce Munro’s Field of Light on display at The Holburne Museum in Bath, below.
Light Installations by Bruce Munro at Longwood Gardens
When: June 9-September 29, 2012
Where: 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Cost: Tickets start at $11
More info: www.longwoodgardens.org