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Albany Field of Light

Segment: Albany Field of Light
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane
TX Date: 13th January 2019

Albany’s new Field of Light instillation is truly special, helping to turn the town into the creative hub of WA’s south.

  • Albany was the last land many ANZAC heroes saw on their way to Europe, and the town’s National ANZAC Centre is a must visit for every Australian. The view out over the ocean is spectacular, and the stories told are some that you’ll never forget.
  • The Field of Light is an immersive art installation at Mt Clarence created by Bruce Munro. It pays homage to the ANZACs who departed Albany for the Great War.
  • FORM is a Perth based organisation that advocates for pushing the creative boundaries in WA. They’ve done a lot of public art around the state, including the popular Silo Trail.
  • The piece was commissioned by FORM, with the idea being to fill Albany’s Avenue of Honour with light. There are 16,000 lights in commemoration of the ANZACs, with this year being the 100 annivewwrsary of the armistice. The fact that there are 16,000 lights is symbolic, as this is close to the amount of people who never came back from the first contingent.
  • The piece was set up by 50 volunteers over around 10 days, which was followed by 4 evenings of light testing. The installation has been quite moving for a lot of visitors, with people having connections to either the ANZACs or the military.
  • There were around 30,000 visitors expected to visit the Field of Light, but this number has already been surpassed. The instillation opened on the 4th of October and will run until ANZAC Day 2019.