A field of 50,000 illuminated flowers

A field of 50,000 illuminated flowers

At the foot of one of Australia's most famous landmarks, a British artist has created his latest masterpiece.

Deep within Australia's vast desert, a tremendous tower of rock has been forming for some 600 million years.

For Aborigines, Uluru is sacred, full of ancestral spirits and tales of the past.

For tourists, it is a place of historical intrigue and natural beauty.

However, for British artist Bruce Munro, this ancient monolith has become the backdrop for his latest work of art.

As night falls across the Red Centre, Field of Light comes to life, with 50,000 flower-like lights glowing against the darkness.

Since its first iteration in 2004, Field of Light has travelled to many different locations across the globe.

However, the concept was first conceived at the foot of Uluru during a camping trip in 1992. "I had this kind of weird experience,"

Munro said. "I just felt that there was some sense of power in the landscape. I noticed that when camping on the ground, you can almost feel the heat of the sun radiating back out towards the sky…. It's odd, because normally a desert space really drains you, but at Uluru, you just felt incredibly alive.

"I carry this sketchbook around with me wherever I go, so I wrote down what I had felt there and a thought that had come to me: how amazing would it be to have this whole landscape full of light?"

For more than a decade, however, that thought remained as scribbles on a page.

It was only after the intervening years of parenthood, mortgages and moving houses were over that Munro could finally turn his attention to a project 12 years in the making. Field of Light was first built thousands of miles from the fiery Australian desert, at Munro's countryside home in Wiltshire, England.

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