Your Own Private Fairytale: Light Opens Tomorrow at Cheekwood



In the Critic's Pick I wrote about the outdoor light installation that opens Friday at Cheekwood, I suggest that Gatsby would have looked great filmed on the mansion's front lawn. What else would look good against Bruce Munro's fairytale opulence? There are a few obvious candidates. I've compiled my own short list here:

• A rave, of course
• Psychedelics
• Romance
• Outdoor concerts (check here for details on the upcoming Friday night concert series)
• Laser tag
• Beyonce
• Fourth of July fireworks
A seance

Add your own suggestions in the comments section — and see the exhibit for yourself tomorrow — Cheekwood will stay open until 11 p.m., so you've got plenty of time to set an agenda.

It’s too bad Baz Luhrmann already filmed Gatsby, because Cheekwood’s latest over-the-top outdoor art extravaganza would make the perfect movie set. British artist and lighting designer Bruce Munro follows in the similarly decadent footsteps of Cheekwood's 2010 installation by Dale Chihuly, the institution's biggest seller to-date. Munro has shown his work at only one other U.S. venue, so Cheekwood took a gamble when they named him Chihuly’s successor. But take one look at the psychedelic glitz of Munro’s Light, which includes hundreds of miles of glowing optic fiber and 20,000 lighted glass spheres, and you'll see why. Light is a sumptuous installation that combines the elegance of Cheekwood’s natural landscape with the cutting-edge glam of Munro’s design.

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