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‘Bruce Munro: Tropical Light’ to showcase local artists

The unique artworks of six local artists across various mediums will be showcased to thousands of national and international visitors from November as part of the Bruce Munro: Tropical Light exhibition in Darwin.

The artists’ works will be displayed across the city alongside internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro’s eight illuminated sculptures from 1 November 2019 to 30 April 2020 and form the 2.5km arts trail to activate the Darwin CBD and attract visitors during the traditionally quieter Tropical Summer season.

Local artists Bev Garside, Gloria Richards, Paul Arnold, Shane Eecen, Louise Denton and Katy Moir underwent an extensive selection process through the event’s Community Engagement Program.

Darwin will boast the largest Australian multi-installation exhibition undertaken by Bruce Munro, funded through the Territory Labor Government’s Turbocharging Tourism investment to support liveability, drive visitation and create local jobs.

There is strong interest from local businesses including cafes, restaurants, pubs and hotels who are already working on products and packages to complement the exhibition. 

The exhibition will feature a collaboration with Larrakia Nation on an artistic project and an Indigenous Ambassador to be announced soon.

Local artists

Gloria Richards - ‘Tropical Macrofungal’

Will feature two oversized sculptures that will appear like large mushrooms that have grown up overnight. A symbolic expression of the exuberant growth, vegetation and periods of intense tropical rain that characterises the Tropical Summer.
The sculptures will be positioned in the Waterfront Stage 2 Parklands.

Bev Garside - ‘Solar Light Jellyfish’

Will be made out of recycled plastic bottles, reflecting a growing concern around Darwin for environmental issues.
The solar jellyfish lights will adorn trees along the Tropical Light path.

Paul Arnold - ‘Sky Walk’

Will feature printed vinyl clouds on the Sky Bridge Walkway roof and floor.
It will give the impression of walking in the clouds above the Territory.

Viewed from the Level 5 Sky Bridge Walkway roof, Darwin Waterfront.

Shane Eecen - ‘Projected Light, Space and Time’

A collection of time-lapse works to showcase the various seasons, nature’s colours and the unique personality of the Northern Territory.

This installation will be shown through projection and accompanied with a soundtrack in West Lane.

Louise Denton - ‘Our Tropical Light’

Features eight photographs inspired by Bruce Munro’s Tropical Light illuminated sculptures and will be displayed along the Smith Street bus shelters.

Katy Moir - ‘Yellow Quick Road’

Highlights Darwinites’ connection to water and air-conditioning during the Wet Season and encourages curiosity to guide people to the most direct, protected and air-conditioned routes through the CBD.

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

 “With just over three months until the Bruce Munro: Tropical Light exhibition opens in Darwin, I’d like to congratulate the six local artists on their selection as part of the event’s Community Engagement Program and look forward to seeing their innovative works displayed alongside those of internationally renowned-artist Bruce Munro.

“Backing local jobs, increasing visitation, enhancing the vibrant Top End lifestyle and boosting the economy are all key priorities of the Territory Labor Government and our Turbocharging Tourism investment into this unique exhibition will further reinforce Darwin as a key destination.”

Quotes from Member for Port Darwin, Paul Kirby:

“We anticipate Bruce Munro’s first ever city-wide exhibition will attract thousands of national and international visitors to Darwin over the Tropical Summer, illuminating our city, creating a uniquely engaging experience and widespread exposure for our talented Territory artists and their work.”

Quotes from Tactile Artist, Bev Garside:

“Being part of this exhibition is such an amazing opportunity to further develop my skills and confidence and improve my prototype of jellyfish solar lights.

“There’s so much more to Darwin and having the chance to promote this place through art and engage the community in conversation is a real privilege.”

Quotes from Designer/Visual Artist, Gloria Richards:

“I’m super excited to be part of ‘Bruce Munro: Tropical Light’. My project Tropical Macrofungal is a complex, multi-layered site-specific installation consisting of five large outdoor sculptures.

“The collage of imagery that makes up the skin of these sculptures will be a quirky, playful and irreverent reflection of the alternative nature of our community and connection with our unique built environment.”

Quotes from Abstract Aerial Artist, Paul Arnold:

“To have the opportunity to further my work as an artist and play with the idea of abstract aerial images in a major exhibition in Darwin is such an honour. It’s a humbling experience.

“This is a little impractical, but by inversing my installation a viewer has the sensation of walking on clouds while watching different vistas disappear into the distance. There will also be words, a story, on the side panelling connecting the two viewpoints together.”

Quotes from Time-lapse, Motion Capture and Audio Artist, Shane Eecen:

“I was drawn to being part of ‘Tropical Light’ because of the idea of light.

“Through this project I look forward to showcasing all the drama, changing moods and colour, different patterns and unique personality of the Territory landscape through a visually engaging installation of time-lapse photography, motion capture and audio.”

Quotes from Photographer, Louise Denton:

“The task of creating a unique range of images for the Bruce Munro ‘Tropical Light’ exhibition has challenged me outside of my normal work by encouraging me to focus on the smaller details rather than the bigger picture.

“Each image I have created is connected to its own light installation, which has been inspired by our stunning tropical Wet Season and the Darwin lifestyle. It’s a wonderful opportunity to share the little things that are great about the Wet Season in the Top End.”

Quotes from Designer, Katy Moir:

“I’m a big believer in working with what is already in the city, expanding on the existing built environment, encouraging the community to reimagine space and drawing attention to what would make it better.

“Darwin in the Wet Season is hot and sticky and people need to continually escape to cooler places in the middle of the day.  My project, the ‘Yellow Quick Road’, aims to highlight connections, encourage curiosity and offer a journey of discovery by guiding locals and visitors to the most direct, shaded and interesting routes through the CBD.”


Media Contact: Lisa Sennett 0436 929 858