Art Review – LIGHT: Bruce Munro at Cheekwood

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An absolutely magical outing awaits your family this summer and fall with the illuminating exhibit, LIGHT: Bruce Munro at Cheekwood. The British artist’s knack for working with light is stunning, and everyone in your family is sure to be mesmerized by the overall ethereal experience.

After stopping at the Visitor’s Center to get your wristbands, let loose and have fun gazing at and exploring the 10 installations across the gardens and inside the Museum of Art. First up in the Robertson Ellis Color Garden is the enormous Water-Towers display. Forty massive towers built from more than 10,000 water-filled plastic bottles adorn the area. Colorful fiber-optic lighting enable them to beautifully glow.

Head to the Japanese Garden area where you’ll discover three more installations. In the Bamboo Garden is Fireflies, featuring thousands of tiny white lights jutting up from the ground at various heights throughout the bamboo shoots. While this part of the exhibit is as fascinating as the rest, this is the one that draws my only criticism. Given its title, it makes me wish the lights were yellow and that they were twinkling like the lights in the nearby Candlelight display. Blue Moon is the most stunning installment in this area. The five foot diameter ball gives the illusion of a hovering moon, and kids especially will be captivated by the ever-changing swirls of light coming from within. It’s breathtaking to watch it change from white to icy blue to dark blue then to deep purple before fading back to white.

Other standout displays include Field of Light, featuring more than 20,000 glowing glass spheres coming up from the grounds surrounding the Museum of Art, and inside the museum, be sure to check out the impressive Light Shower in the loggia and the smaller-scale pieces inside the gallery.

The most outstanding part of the overall exhibit is outside housed in the Mustard Meadow area by the pond. Light Reservation is a construction of fluorescent tubes mounted across the meadow (during the daytime, they look like teepee poles). In rapid-fire order, the tubes flash brightly colored lights in an amazingly choreographed pattern. Take a few moments to relax at one of the benches or picnic tables near the pond and enjoy!

LIGHT continues through Friday, Nov. 8. The exhibit is open Wed – Fri until 11 p.m. If you go in June and July, make the most out of it with the kids and go on Thursdays during Family Night Out which includes live children’s entertainment at 6:30 p.m. Admission to LIGHT is $15 adults, $8 ages 3 – 17. Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. Call 356-8000 or visit

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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