This installation entitled by British designer/installation artist Bruce Munro converted a field into a sea of light in 2010. He has laid out 600,000 CDs on the grass at Long Knoll Field in Wiltshire, UK. Called CDSea, the installation forms a pattern with a path meandering across it.
To complete this work Munro appealed in the press and local radio for people to donate their unwanted CDs for the project. When he launched his appeal he didn’t know what to expect but in the end he was overwhelmed by the response as people sent CDs from all over the UK and as far afield as California and Brazil. Over one weekend 140 friends and colleagues, including Kevin McCloud and other celebrities from the design-art world, helped to lay the installation.
The artist said that the idea for the installation came to him over one homesick Sunday he spent in Australia. Watching the ocean from a rocky peninsular at Nielsen Park, Sydney he was impressed by the quality of light – “The light was still strong, like a blanket of shimmering silver light. I had this childish notion that by putting my hand in the sea I was somehow connected to my home in Salcombe, where my father lived” – he said then. He conceives the installation as an inland sea reflecting light from the sun and moon.
After being on public view for two months, the work was dismantled and the entire material was recycled.