See Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens in a whole new light at the All-Consuming Lightscape – Opening Tonight

You could say it’s the winter of lights in Melbourne.

It is central (and in the name) of ACMI’s large, hypnotic new exhibition, Light: Works From Tate’s Collection. British artist and master of light Bruce Munro – perhaps best known for his epic Field of light installation in Uluru – unveils his first Australian museum exhibition at Heide this weekend. And over the next few weeks, regional Victoria will be hosting a series of luminous festivals.

But tonight is the (Covid-delayed) Australian debut of Lightscape, which has completely transformed Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens with larger-than-life light installations. They illuminate a 1.8 kilometer stretch of the riverside gardens like never before.

pamphlet photographer Arianna Leggiero was on hand last night to get a taste of all the after-dark action ahead of the official opening — including a field of colorful, gleaming flowers, a glowing, winding tunnel and dramatically lit treetops.

Lightscape runs from June 24 to August 7 at Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Tickets start from $32 and are available online.

melbournelightscape.com.au

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