Field of Light

Day 2 and we visited Uluru properly so to speak. There is a 10km walk right round which is excellent with information boards along the way. We only did a part of it as the temperature was 39 degrees. At the moment you can still climb Uluru although the Aboriginal community don't encourage it as it is such a sacred place for them. It is shortly going to be stopped altogether. On 26th October 1985 to huge celebrations this most sacred of places was given back to the Aboriginal people by the Australian Government. It must be right that this totally unique culture should be kept alive. The tourist centre has a lot of information on this and film footage, some of it of interviews from the 70's and 80's that really brought the whole thing to life.

While there we were fortunate that the Field of Light, a temporary art installation by British artist Bruce Munroe was still on. It was officially intended to end at the end of October but had been extended until March 2018. Some of the facts of the field of light are impressive. There are 50,000 individually handcrafted light stems, over 380kms of optical fibre and the installation took 3900 hours to recreate on site. The area covered is the size of 7 football pitches. The field of light is supposed to represent the convergence of land and culture. Pathways through the field represent a transversal through time past and Uluru's timeless future. In real time we were picked up by a coach at dusk and stopped on high ground where we could view the field of light coming to life as it grew darker whilst drinking sparkling wine and eating canapes. Later we were left for as long as we wanted to wander in the dark through the fields of quite spectacular waving heads of light that slowly changed colour under a starlit sky. It was quite magical.

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