The Importance of Art in 2020

The inspiration for this blog lies in the art of Bruce Munro, creator of Field of Light, and the Martin Price story, “The Importance of Art is our Society.”

The importance of art stands the test of time. Some say it is the cornerstone of our well-being.  As we are writing this blog, visitors to Sensorio Paso are posting hundreds of photos of Bruce Munro: Field of Light at Sensorio.

Art presents a bigger view of life and allows us to be present at the moment. The importance of art in 2020 cannot be understated.

Bruce Munro: Field of Light at Sensorio

As Bruce Munro: Field of Light at Sensorio re-opened in June, after a temporary closure due to the COVID-19 crisis, visitors filled social media channels with hundreds of photos of Field of Light in Paso Robles, California. More than 58 thousand solar lights captured the imagination of thousands of visitors.

Regional visitors, business leaders, museums, and families shared photos of the Field of Light through social posts. A community of followers began recommending Bruce Munro: Field of Light as a family-friendly experience in the central California region.

One Instagram post caught our attention. The poster explained that they visited Field of Light to make a positive memory with their family in 2020.



“…Lights as far as the eye could see and the stars lighting up the sky. I’m trying to do my best and make the most out of this crazy year. Hopefully, make some good memories when I look back on 2020.” -@skipvalenz




Behind the Scenes

If you read our recent blog, Behind the Scenes at Bruce Munro Field of Light at Sensorio, you know that Munro’s inspiration is linked to studying the human experience. Art is the conduit to a shared experience.

From Munro’s website dedicated to Field of Light:

“British artist Bruce Munro is best known for immersive large-scale light-based installations inspired largely by his interest in shared human experience.  Recording ideas and images in sketchbooks has been his practice for over 30 years. By this means he has captured his responses to stimuli such as music, literature, science and the world around him.”

Bruce Munro installed his first Field of Light in the backyard of his family property in England.  Today, an immersive Field of Light installation may be found in fields around the world, delighting visitors.

During the COVID-19 crisis, Bruce Munro again created a new art installation, Ribbon of Light.  This piece is best viewed in the sunshine of Wiltshire, England.

Art During Crisis 

During the COVID crisis, the importance of art in 2020 became evident.

Munro and his studio team did not rest during the COVID-19 crisis. Instead, they created the Ribbon of Light. The ribbon is made of over 120,000 CDs and runs along a footpath in Long Knoll, Wiltshire, England.

As you watch the video, you will see thousands of re-purposed CDs shimmering in the sunlight. As news spread about the new art installation and the need for old CDs, locals donated, and each piece became a tribute. The art installation is dedicated to the UK NHS workers.

During the COVID-19 crisis, Bruce Munro: Field of Light at Sensorio shined in blue to honor front line workers. Sensorio Paso joined #LightItBlue as landmarks across the United States illuminated to shine a light on those working tirelessly during the crisis.

The Importance of Art in Our Society

Art brings people together. Often, it documents a place in time. The hundreds of photos of Field of Light at Sensorio are a testament to a shared positive experience in 2020.

In The Importance of Art in Our Society, the words of Martin Price were crafted before 2020, but we think that they ring true today.

 “Art brings people together. It elicits different reactions and emotions but everyone can agree that it moves them to think, to feel, and to act. Art is there to remind us of the values that we uphold. It makes us realize that we may all come from different walks of life but there are some things that are undeniably common to all of us”Martin Price, The Importance of Art in Our Society  

By overwhelming demand, Bruce Munro:  Field of Light at Sensorio has been extended thru January 3, 2021. Guests are invited to download Sensorio’s free app, “Sensorio Paso,” for an enhanced experience. For tickets and additional information, visit

Share your experience and your photos:  #FieldOfLight