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SCULPTURE TO REMAIN AT CHEEKWOOD FOLLOWING LIGHT EXHIBITION

NASHVILLE, TN. – Though its acclaimed LIGHT exhibition closed last month, Cheekwood has announced that one of the show’s most impressive indoor pieces will remain on display in the Cheekwood Mansion for the next three years.

Joanne and Gary of Nashville generously provided underwriting for the extended loan.

British artist Bruce Munro’s fiber optic Bell Chandelier was created specifically for the Cheekwood Mansion’s Rotunda as a part of LIGHT. The piece features two miles of fiber optic cable cascading from the top of the domed hall, each strand with a miniature brass bell shade at its end. The effect is dramatic and stunning in the space, spanning the majority of the hall’s height to hang just 7’ from the ground floor level.

“Cheekwood is thrilled that one of the public’s favorite LIGHT installations will remain on view for an extended period of time,” said Jane O. MacLeod, President and CEO. “The juxtaposition of this contemporary artwork in the historic Mansion pays homage to our heritage and celebrates the ‘new’ Cheekwood of today. We’re incredibly grateful to Bruce Munro and the Slaughters for making this loan possible.”

Bruce Munro’s LIGHT installation transformed the botanical garden and art museum from May to November of 2013, welcoming more than180,000 visitors to experience the large-scale sculptural art pieces made with hundreds of miles of fiber optic cable. The exhibition’s signature, Field of Light, created an undulating carpet of glowing bulbs “planted” across a large portion of the estate’s grounds.

About Cheekwood
Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate. Our mission is to preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit. Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive in Nashville, 8 miles southwest of downtown Nashville. Current hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. New 2014 Hours & Pricing (effective January 1, 2014): Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday nights May – October, open until 10 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, seniors $12 and children 3-17 are $7. Parking is $3 per car. For further information call 615-356-8000 or visit www.cheekwood.org.

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