Bruce Munro’s first Japanese work is in Niseko – a 1.3 km long light installation

Famous for its powdery white snow and ultra-luxurious ski lodges, Niseko is normally considered a winter destination for avid skiers and snowboarders. Rather than being a seasonal destination, however, this Hokkaido town has plenty to offer during its greener months, especially with a new art installation opening this summer by British-Australian artist Bruce Munro. The artist is well known for his extensive site-specific light installations, as evidenced by his “Field of Light” sculptures which are installed in locations around the world, including Paso Robles, California, as well as Uluru, California. Australia.

Opening to the Hanazono Niseko Resort, this work – entitled “Mountain Lights” – will be Munro’s first installation in Japan. The installation is inspired by shared human experiences and the metaphorical fire lit by the warmth of interpersonal relationships.
Photo: ©️Bruce Munro Studio

This core concept, Munro notes, is one that many indigenous communities around the world can identify with, including the Ainu, who are the original inhabitants of Hokkaido. Stretching over 1.3 km, the breathtaking installation will feature 180,000 stunning points of light designed to resemble the region’s fireflies.

Studio Bruce Munro
Photo: ©️Bruce Munro Studio

Although it is possible to walk along the immersive installation, the installation is particularly fascinating when viewed from the new Hanazono 10-person gondola, which passes over the installation. The work will be available during the summer and fall of 2022, 2023 and 2024.

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