Lighting up Salisbury Cathedral
Two very different - but both rather beautiful - installations by Bruce Monro have made their home at Salisbury Cathedral until 27 February.
This is a photograph of Munro’s Water-Towers taken from across the cloisters – the stone arches and glowing colours reminiscent of stained glass.
But in reality the installation is made from 69,000m of fibre-optic cables and 15,000 water-filled bottles arranged into the eponymous towers.
The colours change in response to a soundtrack of Salisbury choir playing as visitors wander through the maze of 69 towers. For Munro the ecclesiastical surrounding resonating with light and music is a response to a childhood memory ‘As a young chorister, I remember being captivated by sunlight splashing colours onto the white-washed walls of our school chapel. I hope that this installation will evoke something of the awe I felt at such simple but dramatic lighting effects’
Inside the cathedral is Munro’s other work, Light Showers. An altogether more still and traditional light installation, it’s again made using fibre-optics, with 2,000 points of light suspended in the crossing of the nave.
The piece takes up a space 10m x 10m x 7m, as Munro explains ‘it’s as big as a house’.