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Turbocharging Tourism: Bruce Munro - Tropical Light: First Unveiling

The Territory Labor Government has unveiled the first image of one of the illuminated sculptures that will form part of a new exhibition by world-renowned artist Bruce Munro.

‘Bruce Munro: Tropical Light’ will feature eight illuminated sculptures placed throughout the Darwin CBD and will be the artist’s first citywide exhibition in the world. 

The exhibition is funded through the Territory Labor Government’s Turbocharging Tourism initiative, to help drive visitation to Darwin during the traditionally quieter Tropical Summer season.

There is a range of opportunities for the Territory community to get involved:

Local photographer Louise Denton has developed an image inspired by Bruce Munro’s work that will be included in the exhibition.

Installation of the sculptures will commence on 23 September 2019 and will take five weeks. The exhibition will run from 1 November 2019 until 30 April 2020. 

The installation team will comprise of four Bruce Munro Studio technicians, six Darwin art handlers and 20 local volunteers. Local businesses RAM Services, The Cool Guys and Programmed will also be involved.

Six Territorians who love the Tropical Summer and enjoy getting out and about and sharing their experiences will also be appointed as Local Ambassadors to promote the exhibition and provide a voice for local experiences.

To find out more visit or find ‘Bruce Munro: Tropical Light’ on Facebook and Instagram.   

Quotes from the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss:

“The Territory Labor Government continues to invest in the arts and tourism industry because creating jobs for Territorians is our number one priority.

“Bruce Munro: Tropical Light will capture the interest and imagination of Territorians and encourage visitors from across Australia and the world to come to the Top End during our Tropical Summer.

“Bruce’s work has proved hugely successful – as we saw at Uluru with ‘Bruce Munro: Field of Light’, which attracted more than 250,000 people - Jetstar attributed a 15 per cent increase in demand for flights to the exhibition.

“Local businesses, particularly in the tourism and hospitality sectors, have an opportunity to get behind this exhibition and show off Darwin and what we have to offer visitors in an incredible new light show – this is an inclusive event we can all be a part of.”

Quotes from Artist, Bruce Munro:

“To be invited to create an exhibition is always a privilege. Every city has its own unique fingerprint and Darwin is no exception to the rule. It is a very relaxed cultural and culinary melting pot located at the Top End of Australia between a vast tropical forest and an aquamarine coastline. 

“Darwin is a veritable jewel that shines bright after each tropical downpour …it’s a place of adventure and inspiration!” 

Quote from photographer, Louise Denton:

“I have been photographing the landscape and light around the Top End area for over 10 years now, and it is projects such as this that keep my passion alive and ever-changing. 

“My involvement in this exhibition has given me the inspiration to create images I would not have seen before. My aim for this series of images is to create a deeper connection between the viewer and the Tropical Light features, sharing the characteristics of Darwin that have inspired Bruce Munro’s works.” 

Quotes from Tourism Top End General Manager Glen Hingley:

“Bruce Munro’s Tropical Light is welcomed by Top End tourism operators, and one they hope will be recreated on an annual basis so they may work hard at promoting it all year round. 

“Hotels, tour companies, attractions and retailers agree this is a potential game changer, providing yet another reason for tourists to visit Darwin and the Top End. 

“Many leaders in the tourism industry have already come forward and said they are prepared to hang their hat on this event, by getting behind it and marketing it through travel distribution partners across Australia and internationally.”

Media Contact: Trish Grimshaw 0401 119 242