Experience the Garden in a new light!  Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light at Desert Botanical Garden 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 theSonoran 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.brucemunro.co.uk

Ticket Information

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


  • Reservations are free and are highly recommended.
  • 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.


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  • 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)