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May 24 - November 10, 2013
SPECIAL CLOSING WEEK HOURS, November 3 - 10 - Open EVERY night until 11pm!

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CHEEKWOOD IS THRILLED to host the second-ever North American exhibition of Light, a stunning outdoor art installation by acclaimed British artist Bruce Munro. Using an inventive array of materials and hundreds of miles of glowing optic fiber, Munro's fascination with light as an artistic medium has transformed Cheekwood’s beautiful gardens into an enchanting, dream-like landscape. This site-specific exhibition follows a wildly popular U.S. debut at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and has been uniquely designed by the artist to incorporate Cheekwood's gentle hills, expansive views and magnificent gardens. At the center of the exhibition's many installations is the Field of Light, which submerges the viewer within a landscape of 20,000 lighted glass spheres, each rising from the ground on a slender stem. The sheer volume of spheres, the glow of the lights and the gentle shapes create an effect that is both natural and otherworldly. 

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May 24 - November 8
Friday evenings will be even more magical during the exhibition as musical acts throughout Cheekwood will supply an eclectic Music City soundtrack to Munro’s LIGHT. From jazz and classical music to singer/songwriter and Americana, music will be incorporated perfectly into the landscape and galleries for an incredible evening experience of music, art, food and fun.

LIGHT: Bruce Munro at Cheekwood on display throughout the Grounds
Live Music in Several Locations in the Garden
• Specialty Cocktails
• Cash Bars throughout the Grounds
• Dining in the Pineapple Room (reservations highly recommended 615.352.4859)
  and Pineapple Room Express for to-go items
• Open until 11 pm

Sunday, November 3 through Sunday, November 10 - open EVERY night until 11pm!

LIGHT NIGHTS Admission starting at 4:30 pm
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Adults $15
Seniors (65+) $12
College Students w/ID $8
Cheekwood Members $5
Youth (3-17) $8
2 and Under and Members’ Children FREE
Parking $3

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Cheekwood will not be accepting inbound reciprocal membership admission during Bruce Munro LIGHT Nights.


Pineapple Room Friday Night LIGHT Dinner Menu
Dining is available in the Pineapple Room Restaurant on Friday evenings
(Reservations highly recommended by calling 615.352.4859).

Pineapple Room Express
Open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights at 6pm
(The Bar inside the Restaurant and Restaurant Dining begin at 5pm on Fridays)

LIGHT Garden Bars
Open Thursday and Friday nights at 7pm

Friday, August 9th

Pineapple Room Deck & Bar
Keelan Donovan
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Herb Garden
Swing Trio
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Literary Garden
Emily Nelson
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Howe Garden
City Lights Trio
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Museum Drawing Room
Steinway Society of Nashville
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* music locations are subject to change and are weather dependent

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Installation Information:

Mansion Lawn and surrounding gardens/Field of Light
At the center of the exhibition's many installations will be the Field of Light, which submerges the viewer within a landscape of 20,000 lighted glass spheres, each rising from the ground on a slender stem.This is the largest Field of Light expanse Munro has ever created in a rolling landscape, and is designed to utilise the existing pathways in the garden to allow people to wander through it and view it from various different perspectives.

Materials: Frosted glass spheres, acrylic rods mounted on stakes, bare optic fiber, halogen light sources with hand-painted color wheels

Japanese Bamboo Garden/Fireflies

Hundreds of cool white Fireflies will be installed throughout the bamboo leading into Cheekwood’s Japanese garden, creating a magical space of illuminated springs amongst the bamboo.

Materials: Copper tube, brass stakes, acrylic polymer fiber optic cable

Japanese Garden Pavilion/Candlelight

Visitors will have just exited the bamboo garden and the Fireflies when they arrive at the pavilion in the Japanese Garden. Candlelight will introduce something architectural in form and warm in color temperature. Hundreds of flickering LED candle luminaires will make the pavilion become an illuminated stage.

Materials: Treated timber, stainless steel fixings, LED candle luminaires

Japanese Garden Dry Lake/Blue Moon

The dry lake within the Japanese garden is an intimate space, set in a valley of rounded hills. The Blue Moon is 5’ in diameter and will appear as a giant hovering moon of flickering icy blues.

Materials: Clear acrylic spheres and acrylic polymer fiber, stainless steel

Robertson Ellis Color Garden/Water-Towers

Water-Towers is comprised of 40 structures built out of one-litre recyclable plastic bottles filled with water, laser-cut wood layers, and fiber optics connected to an LED projector and sound system. This installation beckons visitors to immerse themselves in the spaces between the towers to explore the spectacle of light and sounds.

Materials: LEDs, fiber optics, new one-litre PET bottles, audio system

Mustard Meadow/Light Reservation

Light Reservation is an assembly of tipi-like structures made from spent fluorescent tubes on an expanse of Cheekwood’s lawn by the ponds.

Materials: Redundant 60w fluorescent tubes, 12v electric fence modules, polymer filters, polycarbonate tubes

Reflection Pool/Fagin’s Urchins

Fagin’s Urchins are a site-specific installation created for the formal reflection pool at Cheekwood. Sap green spheres are positioned centrally in a line close to the water’s surface across the reflection pool. By night the surface of each sphere becomes an illuminated Lilliputian world of the night.

Materials: Polycarbonate, acrylic polymer fiber optics, stainless steel

Cheekwood’s Mansion Loggia/ Light Shower

The double height of the iconic Loggia in the Cheekwood mansion offers a wonderful opportunity for Munro to create a site specific installation of the Light Shower, an installation of 1,650 teardrop-shaped diffusers suspended from the ceiling by fiber-optic strands.

Materials: Acrylic diffuser drops, powder-coated mild steel, acrylic polymer fiber

Cheekwood’s Mansion Rotunda Staircase/Bell Drop Chandelier

The stunning rotunda staircase in the Cheekwood mansion will be transformed with the beautiful Bell Drop Chandelier. A cascade of fiber optic cables terminates in a miniature conical brass bell shade approximately seven feet from the ground floor level.

Materials: Brass, powder-coated mild steel, acrylic polymer fiber optic

Cheekwood’s Museum of Art Galleries/Exhibition

A gallery in the Museum of Art will be dedicated to small-scale works and videos from Bruce Munro.

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