Lead designer. Bruce Munro
H/W Production. Locomotion
The lighting technique used in Teepees was first discovered when Munro was looking for a way to keep his wife’s chickens safe from the foxes at their rural home in Wiltshire. A local farmer came to the rescue offering a solution in the guise of a device that combined an electric fence system with a redundant fluorescent lighting tube. Years later Munro decided that teepee structures were the best composition for the fluorescent tubes. He was pleased with the result both formally and personally, for the mythic American West as depicted in films and TV had held his imagination as a boy growing up in England.
This piece cannot be experienced through photographs in the same way as it can in real-time. The flashes of the fluorescent tubes happen so quickly that the eye doesn’t see the tepees lit all in a group, only the intermittent flashing tubes of light. But the camera lens captures the entire series of flashes so the lighted form of the whole installation is revealed.