“My aim is to express, through the medium of ‘light’, simple fleeting moments of clarity, experiences of connection with the world.”
Back in 1905, the industrialist Pierre du Pont endeavored to save a collection of trees that were to be sold as lumber. According to Longwood Gardens, du Pont invested to create a”horticultural showplace” and since that time, the garden administrators have worked to apply innovative sustainable practices.
The plants shown in their seasonal displays are composted at Longwood, producing soil for future displays. The Gardens’ Integrated Pest Management Program uses natural means to manage pests whenever possible and in order to conserve energy, there is a cutting-edge root-zone heating system. This enables the indoor plantings to receive heat without it escaping into the ambient air.
Now the garden is showcasing another type of sustainability through the large scale installation art of Bruce Munro, a British light architect. Munro’s work is focused on enhancing the natural world and he does so through the use of recyclable items such as plastic water bottles and compact discs.
Photos diminish the magic captured in the air around Bruce’s work. I fear the nighttime was also a challenge. Take a look and I hope it inspires you to pop on over to Longwood Gardens website or better yet, to go out and see it.