Bruce Munro

“Field of Light,” above, includes more than 11,000 stems of light in softly-moving colors.

You’ll have to listen closely to determine if the frog you hear is a tenor or an alto.

One of the installations of the “Bruce Munro at Brookgreen: Southern Light” is “Okonjimo Choral Society” which features the sounds of 2,000 frogs singing in harmony behind the garden wall at the Brenda S. Rosen Carolina Terrace.

Most areas in the gardens are open after COVID-19 forced a temporary shutdown of interior spaces. The Bleifeld Gallery, the Jennewein Gallery, Keepsakes, the Old Kitchen and Courtyard Café are open.

The Garden’s Boat Excursion will resume June 1.

The Children’s Discovery Room and Children’s Storybook Forest remain closed, as those are “high touch places,” Director of Marketing Lauren Joseph said.

Walking paths are open for exercise, and Joseph said, ““We’ve had a lot of comments from people saying we’ve helped them stay sane by keeping the walking paths open.”

Guests are asked to practice 6-foot social distancing, to wear cloth masks when possible, and not be in groups larger than three people.

“We’ve had a lot of walkers, you can tell when people are walking for exercise,” Joseph said. “They park in the same parking spot and they mark out a 2-mile path with the mileage markers in the garden.”

Brookgreen Gardens is at 1931 Brookgreen Drive in Murrells Inlet.

The Bruce Munro exhibit will run through Sept. 12 on Wednesdays - Saturdays from 7-10 p.m.

Tickets are on sale through the website, and the website will have updated information about the opening of the gardens.

Member tickets are $20 for adults $12 for children from 4-12.

Non-member tickets are $25 and $15.

There are tens of thousands of components in the Bruce Munro exhibit which will span the sculpture gardens and the arboretum.

Munro’s work has been featured in England at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, and in New York at the Guggenheim Museum. It is held in museum collections internationally including the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England.

“Light is an integral part of each of the multi-media experiences,” Joseph said about Munro’s work. The exhibit, she said, “is experiential, as you walk through it each person will have a unique reaction to the art.”

“Field of Light” incorporates 11,700 stems of light in softly-moving colors on six acres covering the Arboretum.

“Fireflies” includes 600 sprigs flourishing in Oak Allee, and “Time and Again” features 37 stainless steel “lilies” in Pegasus Field.

The exhibit also includes the “Okonjima Choral Society which Joseph described as “2,000 frogs looking back at you from a swampy area, and with it is the recorded sound of different types of African frogs.

“Some have a tenor tone and there is also the soprano and the alto. It’s a chorus of frogs.”

“Hive” is composed of 1,448 bee-inspired hexagonal elements in the Bell Tower.

“Reflections” includes four mesmerizing sound and light digital projections in the arcade between the Welcome Center and Keepsakes.

“Water-Towers” are 10 towers illuminated by fiber optics and choreographed sound in the grassy area adjacent to The Visionaries sculpture.

“Color, light, and sound are all used in Southern Light,” Joseph said “The work is quite extensive and very different from anything we have had at Brookgreen before.”

Learn more about Brookgreen Gardens at www.brookgreen.org.

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