Published June 1, 2019
Last month, sweeping fields of illuminated color began to appear on a large swath of land in East Paso Robles.
“Field of Light at Sensorio,” an intersection of art, technology and nature by Bruce Munro, is now open to the public through January 5, 2020, at 4380 Highway 46 East. From Wednesday through Sunday, visitors can take part in a serene and immersive art experience unlike anything ever brought to San Luis Obispo County.
It was a window display of UV light glowing through plastic during a stroll in Sydney, Australia, 34 years ago that caught the eye of Bruce Munro. The British fine arts major walked into the shop, made some inquiries, and was soon knocking on retailers’ doors to sell his own illuminated set designs in between his regular jobs as a bricklayer and painter.
Decades later, Bruce’s work has been displayed in galleries, parks, estates, cathedrals, botanical gardens and museums across the United States and worldwide, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Texas Tech University Public Art Collection, and in exhibits in Denmark, UAE, South Korea and Australia.
For Paso Robles developer Ken Hunter, it was at a 2,831-foot-high sandstone formation known as Uluru in the central Australian outback that he and his wife first experienced Munro’s “Field of Light” display.
“We are a couple who have had a dream of bringing an entertaining, natural garden-like attraction to Central California for many years. We have a plan to bring something completely unique to this particularly beautiful property, which we have named Sensorio,” Ken said.