Bruce Munro’s Light at Sensorio

Sensorio in Paso

Light at Sensorio invites you to see Paso Robles through a colorful new hue. Here art, technology, and nature intersect to create a spectacular entertainment destination located in the heart of Wine Country. The creation of Sensorio began when inter­na­tion­al­ly acclaimed British artist, Bruce Munro, set out to create a sensory experience that went beyond visual artistry to offer visitors amusing, musical, and kinetic entertainment. He envisioned an art exhibit that used nothing but lights and the land to honor the natural topography of the landscape  and soon Sensorio was brought to life. 

Since its installation, Sensorio has become one of Paso’s most popular attractions for entertainment, exploration, meditation, and adventure. Acclaimed nationwide, the exhibits have been fea­tured in The New York Times as #6 in ​“50 Places to Vis­it in 2020 and referred to as “stunning” by Smithsonian Magazine. Additionally, The Guardian noted that Munro accomplished his artistic goal, as “[Sensorio] is art you feel, rather than art you view.” 

Sensorio in Paso is an amazing experience for any and all travelers, whether you hope to spend an exciting evening with the family, adventure with friends, or enjoy a romantic evening with a loved one. Indulge in a night of light complete with local beer, wine, and food vendors on-site. Before or after touring the exhibit, guests can complete the experience with acoustic live music played on the main lawn. The location is fully ADA compliant, and there is even a VIP offering that provides access to private seating which overlooks the entire installation. Sit back, relax and let Sensorio light up your world. 

sensorio overhead

The Field of Lights

Munro initially launched Sensorio in 2019 with The Field of Lights. This 15 acre walk-through light exhibit stretches across the rolling hills of Paso, illuminating the natural beauty of the countryside on a grand scale. Composed of more than 58,800 stemmed spheres lit by fiber optics fully powered by solar energy, this is Munro’s largest installation to date. His original inspiration for the Field of Light came from a vacation to Uluru, Australia in 1992. As he journeyed through the Red Desert he felt overwhelmingly connected to the landscape and its energy, heat and light. He captured these emotions within his journal and over a decade later, he created the Field of Lights exhibit as an embodiment of this experience. The first Field of Lights was created in the field behind his family home in Wiltshire, but since then Munro has installed multiple light exhibits, including one in Uluru in 2016 to honor his initial inspiration.

The Field of Lights exhibit is located at 4380 Highway 46 East, Paso Robles, CA. 

The Light Towers

Recently, Sensorio announced a stunning new light exhibit, The Light Towers at Sensorio, officially integrated in 2021. In celebration of Paso’s 200+ wineries and exten­sive wine coun­try envi­rons, Munro designed a collection of 69 Light Towers com­posed of over 17,000 illuminated wine bot­tles. These colorful 6-foot towers use technology and glowing optic fibers to morphe colors with a moving musical score. This exciting new addition was inspired by one of Munro’s previous installations called “The Water Towers”, a collection of recycled water bottle towers located in his hometown. He developed the idea for these towers after reading the book, “The Gifts of Unknown Things”, a story of nature, reality and coexisting with imagination. Wander through these illuminated towers with a glass of wine in hand and you’re likely to feel inspired as well. 

The Artist: Bruce Munro

British artist, Bruce Munro, is best known for transforming art into an interactive experience with his immersive, large-scale installations. Light based and site specific exhibits, such as Light at Sensorio, are both his area of expertise and his favorite to create. Using the world around him for reference, he tailors each exhibit to highlight and enhance the land instead of change it. Years of personal experience go into the creation of each new work, from his years of journaling to his past career experience as a light manufacturer. Munro attributes a great deal of his success to his thorough involvement along every stage of the installment, from his initial idea until the final construction of the site. Inspired largely by his interest in stimuli and shared human experiences, his work aims to create a sensory and emotional response for the viewer. This, combined with his environmental consciousness and inventive urge to reuse materials has led to some of his most popular attractions to date. 

His original inspiration for the Field of Light came from a vacation to Uluru, Australia in 1992. As he journeyed through the Red Desert he felt overwhelmingly connected to the landscape and its energy, heat, and light. He captured these emotions within his journal and over a decade later, he created the Field of Lights exhibit as an embodiment of this experience. The first Field of Lights was created in the field behind his family home in Wiltshire, but since then Munro has installed multiple exhibits, including one in Uluru in 2016 to honor his initial inspiration.

Bruce Munro

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