Forest of Light: Forest Walk

Forest Walk is a densely populated ecosystem of tulip trees, white oaks, and sugar maples that provides a secluded, immersive setting for Forest of Light, an installation comprised of 20,000 illuminated glass spheres lining the pathways. Inspired by the way in which dormant seeds burst into bloom after a rainfall, it is an appropriately sited tribute to the ephemeral beauty of natural cycles and their lasting survival over time.

Artistʼs Inspiration

Forest of Light is an arboreal variation on my work Field of Light, which was originally conceived in 1992 during a trip I took through the Red Desert in central Australia. Deserts have an incredible feeling of energy and ideas seemed to radiate from them along with the heat. They also have many incongruities: they seem to be infertile, barren places until it rains and they bloom like a veritable Eden. I wanted to create an illuminated field of stems that, like the dormant seed in a dry desert, would bloom after darkness falls with gentle rhythms of light under a blazing blanket of stars. By placing an alien installation in the midst of nature, the enormous contrast allows one to literally see the wood from the trees, and that has always been the focus since the idea first germinated so many years ago.

–Bruce Munro

Installation Process


  • —20,000 clear glass spheres
  • —20,000 acrylic rods mounted on stakes
  • —86.9 mi (140,000 m) bare optic fiber
  • —80 halogen light sources with hand-painted color wheels
  • —On a sunny day, Longwood’s solar field produces enough energy to run this installation for 54,800 days.

All materials will be recycled or reused in future installations by Munro.

Flora & Fauna

Flora and Fauna
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