Have you been to the Field of Light: Avenue of Honour yet? It's a giant installation featuring 16,000 glass-stemmed spheres that line Mt Clarence’s Avenue of Honour – a modern-day memorial dedicated to the Anzacs and their 100-year-old legend.
Field of Light is the brainchild of internationally renowned artist Bruce Munro, whose illuminative artwork has transformed sites all around the world, including Uluru – the place where the installation was first conceived.
“Being asked to create something in remembrance of the Anzacs in such a powerful location is a wonderful honour and a privilege,” Bruce says. “The historic relevance of the site is deeply moving and set against a backdrop of sapphire and ultramarine blues, which the sea provides, was truly inspiring.”
According to Bruce, finding the exact site for Albany’s Field of Light was relatively easy.
“I felt myself drawn to the incredibly thought provoking and peaceful Avenue of Honour,” he says. “A boulevard of mature trees, each one representing a soldier who fought for their country, seemed a beautiful setting that my Field of Light could gently enhance.”
Bruce’s ‘flowers’, which will be planted along the Avenue of Honour by his team and a battalion of local volunteers, glow white, yellow and gold. The bulbs, which are inspired by the national flowers of Australia and New Zealand, also symbolise beauty, sacrifice, honour, peace and hope – a tribute to the end of the Anzac Centenary.
“It is too easy for our generation to forget the sacrifices that were made [and] it is difficult to attribute the freedoms that we take for granted today to a war that ended one hundred years ago,” Bruce says. “The memorial represents ‘connection and understanding of our fellow humans’, which is a fitting legacy for those who gave and continue to give their lives to allow future generations to live in the free and multicultural society of contemporary Australia.”
FORM executive director Lynda Dorrington says Bruce’s artwork will translate the notion of memorial into an ephemeral and emotional encounter, inviting viewers to engage with the region’s landscape, environment and history through an immersive experience.
“As a new generation of Australians and New Zealanders reflect on their national identities, art, as a modern reiteration of memorial, will invite dialogue, immersive reflection, and a celebration of the end of the dark days of the war,” Lynda says. “Field of Light: Avenue of Honour will draw locals and tourists to see Albany and Western Australia quite literally, in a different light”.