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Bruce Munro Water-Towers

Bruce Munro’s latest lighting installation inspired by ’pure water power’.

Bruce Munro Water-Towers


September 9th, 2009

Lighting designer, Bruce Munro, is known for taking lighting outside the square, serving up some extravagant, elegant and beautiful installations.

The latest project by Munro is an installation called Water-Towers. The prototype light sculpture – conceived as a “visual representation of pure water power” – re-uses discarded plastic bottles, rainwater and laser-cut recycled plastic sheets. ’¨’¨Optic fibres light the modules of the work and ‘pulse’ and change colour to a musical score.

“Water-Towers is not an intellectual piece,” says Munro, “but for me it’s a symbol of some very positive things.”

The installation will be on display at the Eleventh Fuel Cell Symposium, where they will take pride of place at the Pure Energy Centre – a UK-based supplier of renewable energy systems such as hydrogen cell products.

In collaboration with PURE, Munro’s Water-Towers will use hydrogen cell technology to power its lights. “As an artist, I’m trying not to be wasteful, to be responsible to the environment, and that’s particularly important when you light is your medium,” he says.

Made up of 69 towers (the supposed natural beat of the earth), the display will use the latest in energy-efficient LED technology, with each tower made of 220 water bottles. “The Towers look like enormous liquid batteries of light,” Munro says.

Munro has plans to bring a full-scale Water-Towers installation to the Energy Conference in Geraldton Western Australia in May next year.

The Grove Fuel Cell Symposium  will run from 22 – 24 September 2009 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster.





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