Every afternoon during the festive season, Bruce Munro's light art, ...---... SOS, in the Gardens will be illuminated from 4pm. Please note that the Bruce Munro light art contains flashing lights. The outside of the House will also be bathed in light from our colourful Son et Lumiére, Transformation, as it changes from one exciting colour to another and the Lafite candlestick sculptures by Joana Vasconcelos will be lit from within. The Gardens will be a magical place to be as the light begins to fade. As this is an outdoor experience we suggest that you wrap up warm for all weather conditions and wear outdoor footwear.
Open 11 November-January 3, Wednesday-Sunday, also Mondays 21 & 28 and Tuesdays 22 & 29 December. Later openings, until 7pm, each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 20 November. Closed 24-26 December. Book Christmas Tickets Online
...---... SOS is the final exhibition of British artist Bruce Munro's three year residency at Waddesdon. It continues his exploration of light, landscape, language and sound and develops his interest in Morse code and messaging. For this final installation visitors are invited to experience these ideas in a large-scale immersive work.
A line of illuminated tents wind their way through the Garden, bringing light to a nocturnal landscape, an idea that originated in Bruce’s childhood memories of camping holidays. The work's nostalgic soundtrack recalls his fascination with an old radio and snippets of music and voices emerging from the static fuzz. This shifting soundscape is synchronised with colourful light pulses which stream around the tents, abruptly interrupted by the urgent Morse code international distress signal in sound and light. Munro's work is often concerned with human frailty and resilience and in 2012 the artist was inspired by an article about ShelterBox, who provide first response relief and immediate shelter to people caught up in natural or humanitarian crises. The tents remind us of people and places in need of help.
Please note that the Bruce Munro light art contains flashing lights.
Munro is best known for light-based installations which invoke music, literature, science and the changing world around him and a pre-occupation with repeated use of components and materials. To see more of Bruce’s work, see http://www.brucemunro.co.uk/
To get involved and for more information about Shelter Box and their current project Shine for ShelterBox, please click here
We are also delighted to announce that there will be a light show, a dramatic son et lumière, bathing the façade of the house in rainbow colours from dusk that will run every fifteen minutes (from 18 November). This has been created for Waddesdon by the renowned duo Woodroffe Bassett design.
Also new for this year two installations in front of the house entitled Lafiteby Joanna Vasconcelos, the 10 metre high candlesticks are made of 574 wine bottles, they will be illuminated from dusk.
Watch the video below for a sneak preview of the two in action.
Christmas Later Openings
Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 20 November to 3 January, excluding 24, 25, & 26 December, the decorated rooms in the House and the Gardens will be open later until 7pm, and Bruce Munro: Winter Light, the Son et Lumiére and the lit Joana Vasconcelos Candlesticks. 'Lafite' can be viewed until 8pm.
Spend the afternoon viewing the stunning decorations inside then as the light begins to fade make your way out to the Gardens and explore the new light installations in the Gardens.
You may view Winter Light at Waddesdon: Bruce Munro at any time between 4-8pm. On these evenings the last Gardens admission will be at 7pm. The last buses return to the car park at 8pm.
The decorated rooms in the House will also be open on these evenings with last admission at 6.50pm. On other open days, the Winter Light can be viewed from 4-6pm. The last Gardens admission is at 5pm and the last buses return to the car park at 6pm.
Admission to Winter light at Waddesdon: Bruce Munro, Son et Lumiére and the Joana Vasconcelos is part of your Gardens entry ticket. Garden admission charges: £8 Adult, £4 Child, £20 Family, Free for National Trust members and Under 5s