Arrow Spring: Beyond Flower Garden Walk
Arrow Spring is a 300-foot serpentine trail filled with sage that resembles a flowing watercourse by day and a meandering stream of light by night. Its luminescence is the result of the innovative pairing of ordinary LED flashlights and cutting-edge fiber optics concealed within sculptural spheres placed throughout the landscape, weaving 15,000 points of light into the swath of sage.
The idea for Arrow Spring
came to me on a bike ride in 2009. I was thinking about the meandering pathway
that led through a work of mine called CD Sea (in which 600,000 recycled CDs were
laid out in a field in the British countryside) and realized there was a natural
connection to the spiritual rivers described in two of my favorite books,
Kim by Rudyard Kipling and Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. My idea was to simply
create a serpentine river of light, and the title of the installation is taken
from the River Arrow in Kim.
Watch Longwood staff, volunteers, and Bruce Munro creating Arrow Spring
- —16 stainless steel spheres
- —16 LED flashlights
- —Over 58 mi (94,000 m) bare optic fiber
- —328 ground stakes
—Four different sage:
Salvia farinacea 'Blue Emotion' SallyfunTM, Salvia farinacea 'Blue Tune' SallyfunTM, Salvia farinacea 'Dansalfun1' SallyfunTM Blue, and Salvia farinacea 'Evolution'
All non-plant material will be recycled or reused in future installations by Munro. The sage will be turned into planting material at the Gardens' composting facility.
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