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Uluru to be Lit Up Using a 1/4-Million LEDs

UK artist Bruce Munro is known for his “field of light” exhibitions and has just been given permission to light up Uluru, the massive sandstone rock formation sitting in the middle of Australia.

“It is one of my life ambitions to create a Field of light installation on the scale I had imagined many moons ago whilst travelling across the Australian outback,” said Bruce on his website. “My aim is to make an event shared in every aspect with as many people in Australia as possible. I aim to install Field of Light at Uluru between April-October 2013.”

The idea is a big one. A quarter of a million LED-lit stems “in a circular format covering an area equivalent to one square Kilometres adjacent to” Uluru [sic].



Munro is working on the design for 500 LED and solar-powered illuminators “so that the installation will be self-sufficient on power,” making it “as small a carbon footprint as possible.”

And you can help, by buying a light stem for £12.

The basic stats are:

  • It will cover an area equivalent to one square kilometre.
  • 3,290 kilometres of fibre.
  • 165 Kilometres of recycled 12mm (od) acrylic tube.
  • 250,000 x 60mm glass spheres & mild steel ground stakes.
  • 500x custom-made solar powered projectors. Total wattage (15KW) 0.06watts per sphere.
  • 1,000 man days to make.
  • The installation team will be 10 x Bruce Munro crew + 30 Australian.
  • Five weeks to install.
  • Three weeks to take down.
  • Duration of installation 7 months.

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