British artist Bruce Munro will illuminate the Kings Canyon resort with the Light Towers installation

Following the success of international artist Bruce Munro’s permanent Field of Light installation at Uluru, a second light exhibition is under construction at the Kings Canyon resort, 324 kilometers away.

British sculptor and artist Mr Munro said the new Light Towers would be opened at the Kings Canyon resort in April 2023.

“Light Towers is really focused on this idea of ​​sound and words colliding,” he said.

“There are 69 towers … I don’t know the exact number of bottles, but it’s about 220 bottles per tower.”

Munro said fiber optic cables would be installed in the towers and each would be taller than an average human.

“There’s a beautiful sound element that’s created by many, many voices coming together,” he said.

“They are from different cultures or different ways of singing with voice.”

Light Tower close-up
Each tower consists of approximately 220 bottles.(Provided by: Bruce Munro)

The theme of the installation is “from sunrise to sunset”.

“It’s a 24-hour circle, maybe a circle of healing, just to bring one’s attention to the moment and the fact that we all need to maybe come together,” Mr Munro said.

“I just thought when I went to the place and visited it several times [Light Towers] would be the most appropriate.

“[Light Towers] is something that I’ve always thought should be pretty close to the Field of Light because they’re connected, kind of emotionally and spiritually.”

The project was made possible through a partnership with Discovery Group, which operates the accommodation services at the resort.

An investment of several million dollars

Discovery Group CEO Grant Wilckens said the installation was part of a multi-million-dollar investment in the property.

Kings Canyon Resort
Discovery Group, which operates overnight services at the Kings Canyon resort, wants to capitalize on the visit to the Ulurus Field of Light.(Provided by: Discovery Group)

“We’ve just approved another $16 million, not all of which is going to the Light Tower project. But it’s a combination of upgrades throughout the property,” Mr Wilckens said.

Mr. Wilckens hopes to capitalize on the visit to Uluru’s Field of Light.

Field of Light with Uluru in the background.
The Field of Light near Uluru has proved extremely popular.(Supplied: Mark Pickthall)

“We feel there will be a Bruce Munro tour that we can promote to guests in the region,” he said.

“Instead of just coming to the cliff, they come to the cliff and then they come to Kings Canyon and then they go to the West MacDonnell Ranges.”

‘Game changer’

Tourism Central Australia’s Danial Rochford welcomed the news despite the national carrier having a monopoly on Alice Springs.

Kings Canyon, Watarrka National Park
Kings Canyon and Watarrka National Park are other popular attractions in the area.(ABC Alice Springs: Emma Haskin)

“This is a game changer for tourism, not just in the Watarrka region, but for the wider Central Australian region,” he said.

“Having an installation like that of Field of Light at [Kings Canyon resort] will certainly put our region firmly on the global map.”

Rochford said it would help tourism businesses recover from the effects of the pandemic if visitors stayed longer in the region.

“By having this installation, it gives people an extra reason to stay another night and to look at various other experiences that are being developed across Red Center Way,” he said.

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