June 3 - November 5, 2017

About the Exhibit

From June 3 through November 5, 2017, Bruce Munro: LIGHT at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens will allow visitors to literally see the gardens in a new light.

The exhibition is Munro’s eighth large-scale garden exhibition in the U.S. The gardens and Conservatory will provide a stunning backdrop for eight sculptures, including Munro’s iconic “Field of Light” and “Water-Towers.” Two new works will also debut — “Sun,” a monumental globe, suspended inside the Conservatory, and “Don’s Flamingos,” a playful homage to the designer of the pink lawn flamingo, Don Featherstone. Munro said, “It is a great privilege to create an exhibition at Nicholas Conservatory, and I was captured by the landscape of the garden and the Rock River adjacent. Gardens are very special to me because it’s an opportunity to re-engage people with real life, with the beauty of a garden, and that sense was with me when I visited the Conservatory. Part of the aim of these garden exhibitions is to get people who aren’t necessarily familiar with a garden to visit and experience such a beautiful place to be. I love the challenge presented to me by the Conservatory, of seeking out the balance that exists between contemporary art, landscapes, and architecture.”

Past exhibitions of Bruce Munro’s work have received both critical and popular acclaim. Visitors are expected to travel from Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, Bloomington-Normal, the Quad Cities, and beyond, truly putting our young garden on the “who’s who” of public gardens.


Summer: June 3 - September 3, 2017

Mondays: 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Tuesdays - Fridays: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 10:00 a.m. -11:00 p.m.

Fall: September 4- November 5, 2017

Mondays: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Tuesdays - Fridays: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 10:00 a.m. -10:00 p.m.


Regular admission rates apply to this exhibit.

Special Events

Opening Party

Friday, June 2, 2017

Wine & Roses Annual City of Gardens and Sinnissippi Rose Garden Fundraiser

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Moonlight Mixer Dance Parties

Saturdays: July 15, August 19, September 16, 2017

Hops in the Garten Beer Sampling Event

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Food & Beverage

Light Lounge - Enjoy evening cocktails and appetizers in the outdoor Light Lounge, located on the Riverview Terrace (ages 21+)

Cafe service and other food vendors will be available.

About Bruce Munro

British artist Bruce Munro is best known for producing large immersive light-based installations, which often employ a massing of components by the thousands. An artistic diarist, he has spent over 30 years collecting and recording ideas and images in his sketchbooks, which he returns to over time as source material. Language, literature, science, and music have also greatly influenced his work. Frequently, Bruce’s subject matter is his own experience of fleeting moments of rapport with the world and existence in its largest sense of being part of life’s essential pattern. His reoccurring motif is the use of light on an environmental scale in order to create an emotional response for the viewer.

Munro’s work has been widely exhibited, including by the Guggenheim Museum, NY; Waddesdon Manor, the Rothschild Collections, UK; and Longwood Gardens, PA. His landscape installation “Field of Light” is at Uluru, Australia through March 2017. His work is held in the collections of museums and botanical gardens internationally, including the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK.


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NOTE: Exhibit installation is during the daytime. Exhibit operating hours will be primarily evenings.