Illumination to Celebration: Bruce Monro’s Water Towers at Salisbury Cathedral

Lighting design is stepping out from the shadows and transforming from the accessory to the main attraction

There is no denying that beautiful lighting at an event is like icing on a cake. Lighting breathes life into an environment and can transform a mood like no other. From a calming blue to a warm amber to an invigorating pink, soft auras of lighting are like the mood rings of the night.

I was recently left speechless when I stumbled upon a lighting installation designed by Bruce Monro at the Salisbury Cathedral in the UK. Inventive, creative and resourceful, Bruce created towers of 16,000 water bottles laced with fiber optic cables that change colors as they react to the classical music being played. Stacks of ordinary water bottles up close, stained glass windows from afar. Lighting of these Gothic vaulted arches and cloisters of this 750 year old cathedral has breathed new life into this ancient relic.

Bruce’s work is such an intriguing inspiration to me… To make the light the actual art instead just an ambient compliment.

Photos courtesy of the Huffington Post

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  1. February 23, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Wow. Just…wow.

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