When we think of large-scale light installations, Bruce Munro instantly comes to mind. From light bulb gardens to large waterlilies made out of recycled CDs, the British artist has a great eye for human interventions that sit harmoniously within the natural world.
Fagin's Urchins is a site-specific installation created in a reflection pool at the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee. The project involves five sap green spheres that sit in a straight line along the surface of the water. At night, the balls become an orb of illumination, reflecting off of the still water and creating an illusion of objects floating in the air.
The artist says, “As often happens when I see a space, I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to create [in this space]. The placing of the illuminated spheres close to the waterline creates the illusion of ten Lilliputian worlds at night.”