The Field of Light: Avenue of Honour is an immersive art installation in Albany by the internationally acclaimed Bruce Munro, creator of the Uluru Fields of Light in Alice Springs. This time illuminating the Avenue of Honour at Mt Clarence in homage to the Anzacs who departed from Albany for the Great War.
It is now 100 years since the end of the First World War. Today, Australia embraces the memory of past sacrifices and looks to a brighter future through a collaborative celebration of Albany’s place in military history through Field of Light: Avenue of Honour.
The dazzling piece of art comprises 16,000 slender stems crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres and 1800km of fibre optic cable and scores of volunteers who undertook the monumental task of planting the spectacular installation.
Every sunset from October 2018 until Anzac Day 2019, the spheres light up in the green, white and yellow of the national flowers of Australia and New Zealand, the wattle and the kowhai.
Each night as it lights up against the dramatic Albany landscape, it will symbolise wild beauty, sacrifice, and courage, and honour the few to whom so much is owed by so many.
Located on Western Australia’s southernmost coast, 400km southeast of Perth, Albany is home to one of the state’s finest natural harbours, King George Sound. Field of Light: Avenue of Honour is free to view daily. The best time to visit is when the artwork is lit up from sunset until 10:00pm.
Just a short walk away is the heritage-listed Princess Royal Fortress and the award-winning National Anzac Centre, open 9am until 5pm every day, where you can learn more about Australia and New Zealand’s wartime history. For more information on the servicemen and women memorialised in the Avenue of Honour, visit Honouring Albany’s Own, an exhibition in the Barracks Main Gallery at the Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum.
To make your experience a little more special, you can book packages through the Albany Visitor Centre. The Sunset Panorama Tour takes in the stunning panoramic sunset views of King George Sound and the Field of Light: Avenue of Honour installation. Alternatively, you can add a delicious dining experience of Great Southern produce at Garrison Restaurant and Bar overlooking the spectacular views of King George Sound with the Light & Dine Tour.
The Field of Light: Avenue of Honour is the latest addition to Australia’s ‘must sees’ for every traveller. Plus, don’t miss your chance to discover more about Albany and its surroundings and experience the delights of this wonderful part of Australia.
To find out more information and book a tour visit www.fieldoflightalbany.com.au.
*Blackout periods apply.