On Tuesday, 22 September LATTE attended an event hosted by Voyages at the Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour to celebrate the announcement of a major cultural event to take place at the Ayers Rock Resort in 2016/17.
An art installation of enormous scale by artist Bruce Munro, entitled Field of Light, will see 50,000 solar-powered stems of light illuminating the landscape of Australia’s spiritual heart. Each stem is topped with a frosted coloured sphere that will light pathways for guests to interact with the installation.
“Field of Light was one idea that landed in my sketchbook and kept on nagging at me to be done,” said Munro. “I saw in my mind a landscape of illuminated stems that, like the dormant seed in a dry desert, quietly wait until darkness falls, under a blazing blanket of southern stars, to bloom with gentle rhythms of light,” he said. “Field of Light is a personal symbol for the good things in life.”
The initial idea for Field of Light was conceived by Munro in 1992 while visiting Uluru. Since then it has travelled to the United Kingdom, the United States and Mexico before making its return to its conceptual birthplace.
“There is no doubt that this presents an absolutely unique opportunity for guests to enjoy not only the spiritual nature of the destination, but experience it in a unique and mesmerising way,” said Voyages’ Executive General Manager Sales, Marketing and Distribution, Ray Stone.
Tourism Australia Managing Director, John O’Sullivan, said hosting an exhibition of this type would reinforce the accessibility of Australia’s Indigenous offering and highlight the breadth of uniquely Australian events available to visitors.
“One of our biggest challenges faced in marketing Australia overseas is creating that sense of urgency to travel and then finding ways to encourage those visitors to disperse beyond our capital city gateways. With this event, I think the Voyages team have found a way to do both. This is an exhibition of true international significance and provides that all important ‘new news’ for visitors to put Uluru on their ‘must do’ list,” he said.
Guests at Ayers Rock Resort’s 5 properties will be invited to interact with Munro’s monumental experiential artwork in one of 3 ways:
- The entry-level Field of Light Pass ($35) includes return bus transfers to the remote site and time to experience the artwork
- The Field of Light Star Pass ($75) includes the above, along with sparkling wine and canapés at an elevated viewing area at the end of the evening
- The 4.5-hour A Night at Field of Light ($235) includes an introduction to the artwork by a host, sparkling wine and canapés at sunset from an elevated viewing area, extended time to immerse in the installation and a 3-course buffet dinner showcasing bush tucker ingredients as well as return bus transfers. There is also an option to arrive by camel or helicopter for this experience.