CHEEKWOOD TO OPEN NIGHTLY AS LIGHT EXHIBITION ENDS
NASHVILLE, TN. – As a grand finale for its popular LIGHT installation by British artist Bruce Munro, Cheekwood will be open until 11pm every night beginning Sunday, November 3 until the exhibition’s closing night on November 10. With extended evening hours and additional dates, the botanical garden and museum of art will provide more opportunities for visitors to experience the exhibition for the first time, as well as a chance for fans of the work to view it again before it’s gone.
“LIGHT has been more than an incredible art exhibition in Nashville this summer,” said Claire Corby, Vice Presiden of Marketing. “It became a very popular regional attraction that allowed our visitors to experience Cheekwood’s beauty in a new way. We’re proud of everything LIGHT has accomplished—including national media coverage for Cheekwood—and we want to make sure we give people every opportunity to make the most of its last week on our grounds.”
Many guests bring blankets and picnics to the attraction in the late afternoon in order to watch the exhibit come alive as the sun sets; others choose to arrive later in the evening to experience the installation’s magic purely in the darkness. From date nights to family outings, the exhibition fascinates visitors of all ages. Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for a simplified admissions experience at Cheekwood.org.
Using an inventive array of materials and hundreds of miles of glowing optic fiber, British artist Bruce Munro's acclaimed installation transforms the Cheekwood estate from a beautifully manicured botanic garden by day into an enchanting, dream-like landscape each evening at dusk. This site-specific exhibition was specially designed by the artist to incorporate Cheekwood’s gentle hills, expansive views and magnificent grounds. At the center of the exhibition’s many installations is the Field of Light, featuring twenty thousand hand-blown glass spheres rising from the ground atop delicate stems, each one holding a coil of glowing optic fiber. The sheer volume of spheres, the “breathing” glow of the lights and the gentle shapes create an effect that is both natural and otherworldly.
Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate. Our mission is to preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit. Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive in Nashville, 8 miles southwest of downtown Nashville. Open Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, seniors $10 and children 3-17 are $5. Parking is $3 per car. Admission during Bruce Munro Nights will be $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for children 3-17, and $5 for Cheekwood members. For further information call 615-356-8000 or visit www.cheekwood.org.