British artist Bruce Monro has a fascination with light designs and installations, and that passion is evident in many of his massive outdoor artworks. From copper fiber optic stems poking out amidst flowers and greenery to this magical meadow located in England, Monro uses light in his work to produce energetic fields of glowing happiness. The artist’s bio states, “Munro’s aim is to pass on a positive energy; nothing more intellectual than that. Making visitors feel the warm glow of a smile is his great aim and satisfaction.”
Set along the landscape of Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Monro recently completed a solo show in which he covered the 23 acres of the Gardens with a handful of complicated light designs. Using CDs as the basis for this particular piece, Monro upcycled more than 65,000 discs to form these contemporary Waterlilies in Bloom. The piece greets visitors with a metallic glow as it pays homage to Longwood’s iconic water lilies. The many retired audio discs float along the Large Lake during the day, reflecting brilliant flashes of sunlight in a rainbow of colors. Munro says, “The unmatched beauty of Longwood Gardens inspired me in so many ways. Creating works that speak to the landscape but also enhance the natural beauty of the Gardens was an exciting artistic challenge."