Uluru Illuminated

The moment I heard the plans for the Field of Light installation in Northern Territory, Australia, was the same moment it became a must-see experience on my travel list. The feeling surrounding the installation struck me. This was more than simply, “Wow, what an awesome idea.” There was an unsuspecting connection to this that I needed to explore.

I had been to the Northern Territory before. It is flat and vast – an eternal desert. Small patches of shrubbery atop red claylike sand make up the terrain. The days are bright and the nights are dark. There is no light pollution. Nothing but the moon and stars combating the dark of the night.

My first visit to Uluru (Ayers Rock) instilled a unique spiritual connection with the area. I arrived expecting to see a red desert and a big rock. As I uncovered more about the region, met the local people, and walked around Uluru (Ayers Rock) – and that “big rock” – I experienced far more. The heart of Australia was alive.

Perhaps my earlier experience to Uluru fueled my immediate desire to return to see the installation. Though with a time clock of 365 days, the installation life span, I was uncertain I would make it. Fortunately, I found myself among these 50,000 lights this past June. Set amongst a backdrop of Uluru.

The lights group together like cells. The field was alive. The colors flowed along the cells like a ripple in a lake. Up close, each cell of lights appeared to act alone. As you stepped further back, the cells appeared to be acting together – all connected in some unseen way.

I was obsessed, excited and humbled. An incredible display – in the shadow of Uluru, a cultural icon of Australia.

Below are a handful of my highlights











More on Field of Light Quoted from https://www.ayersrockresort.com.au/events/detail/field-of-light-uluru

Feel the inspiring magnitude of the vast night sky, the overwhelming presence of the majestic rock. As darkness falls and Uluru is thrown into silhouette, field of light illuminates. As far as the eye can see gentle rhythms of colour light up the desert.

The Field of Light art installation, a global phenomenon by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, has come ‘home’ to the place that inspired it – Uluru. More than 50,000 slender stems crowned with frosted-glass spheres bloom as darkness falls over Australia’s spiritual heartland.

Pathways draw viewers into the installation, which comes to life under a sky brilliant with stars. The installation, aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku by the local community means ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pitjantjatjara will be in place for a full year, closing 31 March 2017.

You can delve into the experiential artwork in a number of different ways; from the entry-level Field of Light Pass to a special dinner under the night sky at A Night at Field of Light.


Ian Swain 2

I work for Swain Destinations, a travel company that specializes in customized trips all over the world. I love to take pictures, am quite awkward, put myself in uncomfortable situations and will eat anything. The world is an incredible place. See and experience as much as you can.

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