“Field of Light” is the latest arty spectacle headed to Austin

The light show of 28,000 solar-powered "flowers" will be at the Wildflower Center

Field of Light
The temporary spectacle "Field of Light" will bring 28,000 solar-powered “flowers” to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center this fall. Photo by Bruce Munro

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is the latest locale for an arty entertainment designed to dazzle crowds.

Come Sept. 9, some 28,000 solar-powered lights will be spread across 16 acres at the Wildflower Center with “Field of Light,” a spectacle designed by British artist Bruce Munro. The multi-colored lights are intended to resemble flowers and meant to be viewed at night.

The light show is brought to Austin by C3 Presents, the concert promoters behind the Austin City Limits Music Festival and Lollapalooza, among others. “Field of Light” will be at the Wildflower through December. Tickets will go on sale in July.

Munro has staged variations of “Field of Light” around the world. The version in Paso Robles, California opened right before the pandemic. It proved so popular it is now entering its third year with a ticket price of $47.

Meanwhile, Meow Wolf — the enterprise that helped the popularize immersive entertainment trend — announced this week that it was opening two new permanent attractions in Texas.

The Grapevine “portal” (so called because Meow Wolf believes it transports visitors to other realms) will be located in a former big-box store in the Grapevine Mills shopping mall. A 2023 opening is planned.

The Houston portal will be in the historic Fifth Ward cultural district and includes Houston-based real estate firm The Deal Co as development partners. It is planned to open in 2024.