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Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light

at Desert Botanical Garden

November 22, 2015 - May 8, 2016
Nightly through May 8
6 - 11 pm
Special Event Settings: 


  • Call: 480 481.8188
    • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Sept. 30
    • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Oct 1, 2015 - Sept. 30, 2016
  • Visit the Admissions Box Office 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily

Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light at Desert Botanical Garden will now be offered every night through May 8, 2016 because of overwhelming popularity! Exceptions are April 1 and April 30 due to Garden-wide events. Reservations are strongly recommended. Members must be logged in to receive free reservations.

Ticket holders have parking priority based on their reservation, but please allow time for parking between March 17 to March 25.

Want to miss the crowds? Try coming after 8 p.m. The exhibit is open until 11 p.m.

Experience the Garden in a new light! The exhibit  showcases eight large-scale, light-based installations using an inventive array of materials and hundreds of miles of glowing fiber optics. Located throughout the Garden, British artist Bruce Munro’s site-specific exhibition reflects his unique interpretation of the Sonoran Desert.

This extraordinary new exhibit includes:

  • Field of Light, featuring 30,000 individual spheres of gently blooming light nestled on the hillside of the Garden Butte, cascading down onto the Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail.
  • Saguaro, inspired by the colossal cactus, this piece stands as a marker to show what caught Munro's imagination during his very first visit to the Garden.
  • Temperate Zone, Munro’s interpretation of the ingenious cooling pots created by the indigenous population of the Southwest hundreds of years ago.
  • Water-Towers, where 58 glowing towers grace the Garden among the iconic saguaro cacti.
  • Chindi, suspended in elegant form from the structures of the Sybil B. Harrington Succulent Gallery.
  • Beacon, Eden Blooms and Fireflies installations will further engage in dialog with visitors and the desert landscape.

British artist Bruce Munro (b. 1959) is best known for large immersive light-based installations inspired primarily by his interest in shared human experience and connection. After completing a B.A. in Fine Arts 1982 Munro moved to Sydney where he took up employment in design and lighting, inspired by Australia’s natural light and landscape. Returning to England in 1992, he settled in Wiltshire, where he raised four children with his wife. Following his father’s death in 1999, Munro felt compelled to resume art-making on a personal level. His work has been shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Waddesdon Manor, the Rothschild Collection, Buckinghamshire; and the Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Ticket Information

  • Jan. 1 - Feb., Wed. - Sat. | 5 - 10 p.m.
  • Extra Sunday dates include: January 17 and February 14, 21, 28
  • March 1 - May 8, Nightly | 6 - 11 p.m.

Garden Members

  • Reservations are free and are highly recommended. You must log in with your member ID to receive free reservations.
  • Member guest passes will be accepted and can be redeemed onsite or reservations can be made by calling the Membership Helpline at 480 941.3517.

General Public

  • Because of this event's overwhelming popularity, we strongly recommend you purchase tickets ahead of time. 
  • Nighttime Munro ticket: $25 adults | $12.50 children (3-12)
  • Day/Night pass includes both daytime and nighttime: $30 adults | $15 children (children under 3 admitted free)
  • Become a member to make free reservations!

Desert Radiance

Munro’s work has become the subject of an unprecedented cultural collaboration titled Desert Radiance, allowing the artist solo experimentation in scales and environments, from land mass to water, and the domestic to the panoramic. The Desert Radiance collaborators include some of the greater Phoenix area’s preeminent arts organizations including site-specific outdoor installations at the Desert Botanical Garden, a newly-commissioned indoor installation at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, a large light-based installation set in the Canal at Scottsdale Waterfront specially commissioned by Scottsdale Public Art, and Lisa Sette Gallery’s presentation of diverse video installation pieces and smaller scale light-based artworks. Information about all of the exhibitions is available at:



  • Light Lounge - located near the Berlin Agave Yucca Forest offers cheese platters, crudites and gourmet s’mores kits. Additional snacks and drinks also available. Open evenings only, days/hours vary.
  • Gertrude's - Dinner reservations are required.
  • Patio Cafe open nightly from 5-9 p.m. except on nights when Ullman Terrace is used for a private event.
  • Food station on Pritzlaff patio from 5-9 p.m. only on nights when Ullman Terrace is used for a private event and patio cafe is closed.
  • Full cash bars will be dispersed throughout the Garden. 

The Fine Print

Visitors are encouraged to take photographs  of Bruce Munro's artwork, however any commercial use, reproduction or sale, directly or online, of any images is strictly prohibited and may expose violators to civil and criminal penalties. No license is granted, expressed or implied to make commercial use of any of Bruce Munro's work. Your admission to this exhibition is conditional on your acceptance of these restrictions. Anyone wishing to seek permission for any commercial project should contact Bruce Munro Studio at

Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light Inclement Weather Policy

There are no general or Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light at Desert Botanical Garden admission refunds due to inclement weather; however, the Garden reserves the right to close for safety during extreme weather conditions. If this occurs, the Garden will refund general admission fees to anyone already inside the Garden. Ticketed special events and classes have individual rain policies and will be displayed on each specific event page. For more information please call 480 481.8188.

Photo: Bruce Munro, Water-Towers, (Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ 2015). Photographer, Mark Pickthall.

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