This British Artist Set The Australian Desert Ablaze In The Most Stunning Way

There's a select group of words that we associate with deserts. Energy and brightness are not typically among them.

But British artist Bruce Munro would beg to differ, because when he first laid eyes on Australia's Red Desert back in 1992, he was overwhelmed by the region's untapped vitality and brilliance. He was so stricken by the sensation that he took to his sketchbook and committed the scene to memory.

After compiling sketches and drafts, Munro developed his "Field of Light" installation, which made its debut on the artist's property in Wiltshire, England. Because of the original version's success, Munro showed it in various locations across America and the United Kingdom. After over a decade, "Field of Light" was finally introduced to its muse.

Munro and his team, including photographer Mark Pickthall, made their way to the Red Desert to light up the land that inspired it all.

"Field of Light," Uluru, Bruce Munro 2016

"Field of Light" -- also known as "Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku" in the Aboriginal language of that region -- stretched across a sizeable plot of land.

"Field of Light," Uluru, Bruce Munro 2016

Once everything was set up, all the artist had to do was wait for darkness to fall.

"Field of Light," Uluru, Bruce Munro 2016

As the sun said goodbye to Australia, it revealed the installation in its most impressive light. Suddenly, Munro's unconventional perspective on the desert made total sense.

"Field of Light," Uluru, Bruce Munro 2016

Before long, the desert was on fire. It dazzled viewers with its newfound brilliance.

Mark Pickthall

"Field of Light," Uluru, Bruce Munro 2016

The grand finale -- a brilliant display of lights that sat in striking contrast against the black sky -- was a culmination of Munro's work, and of a vision that followed its creator halfway around the world.

"Field of Light," Uluru, Bruce Munro 2016

"Field of Light" will be on display in the Red Desert until March 31, 2017.

(via My Modern Met)

To learn more about Bruce Munro's art, be sure to check out his website and follow him on Facebook. More of Mark Pickthall's photography can be found on Instagram.

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