FIELD OF LIGHT
The Centenary of Anzac 2014 to 2018 is Australia’s most important period of national commemoration. It marks 100 years since our involvement in the First World War.
Albany is widely considered to be the birthplace of the Dawn Service tradition. The City will continue to commemorate the Anzac Centenary in its final year of the 2014-2018 commemorative period.
An immersive art installation by Bruce Munro will illuminate the Avenue of Honour at Mt Clarence this year, paying homage to the Anzacs with 16,000 shining spheres marking the last sight of home for 41,000 troops who departed from Albany for the Great War.
The internationally renowned UK artist’s ephemeral landscape installation will reference the national flowers of Australia and New Zealand; honouring 100 years since the First World War’s end and celebrating Albany’s unique biodiversity with thousands of lights shining in the whites, yellows and golds of the wattle and the kowhai.
Highlighting the region’s unique sense of place and identity in sophisticated, contemporary ways, Field of Light: Avenue of Honour is expected to attract more than 28,500 people including 8,500 visitors from outside the Great Southern region.
The installation was commissioned by independent, non-profit cultural organisation FORM with the City of Albany and the support of the Australian Government through a Building Better Regions grant and the State Government through Tourism Western Australia and Lotterywest. It will coincide with peak wildflower season and the conclusion of the Anzac Centenary commemorations, exhibiting from October 2018 through to Anzac Day in April 2019.
The installation’s thousands of glass spheres on slender stems will be ‘planted’ along the avenue at Albany Heritage Park and the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial by scores of local volunteers, illuminating the tree-lined path with an artwork blooming at night like wildflowers after rain. Incorporating Munro’s motif use of light on an environmental scale to create an emotional response for the viewer, Field of Light: Avenue of Honour will symbolise wild beauty, sacrifice, courage and honour.