Hilltop boob job will boost cancer charity
11:00am Saturday 13th October 2012 in Latest News
Light sculptor Bruce Munro will turn a hill near his studio in Kilmington into an illuminated breast next month, to help a cancer charity.
The artist recently returned from the United States, after a successful exhibition in Longwood Gardens, Philadel-phia, but his next work will be created in Wiltshire.
The sculpture, called the Beacon On The Hill, will put an illuminated geodesic dome on top of a conical hill in Kilmington. In clear weather it should be visible for miles around.
It will take several days for a team of five from Mr Munro’s studio to carry the parts up the 288m-high hill and put them together for the switch-on on November 24.
The dome will be filled with 2,730 plastic bottles, lit up in pink and blue, the colours of breast cancer charity Cancerkin, which is raising money by encouraging people to sponsor a bottle.
“I last used this dome for a sculpture in Bath, where we raised funds for Help for Heroes, and it was there I first met Victoria Todd, who runs Cancerkin,” said Mr Munro.
“I lost a dear friend very young to breast cancer and meeting Victoria was the link needed for me to create my own incarnation of a beacon of light in support of all who are, or have been, affected by this disease.
“This hill and surrounding countryside where I live has long been my canvas. The farmer who owns it has very kindly given us permission.
“It will only be up for a week, as the weather can be pretty hairy up there. Although we are a small business, it is nice to do something like this once a year, to generate support for a good cause.”
Cancerkin chief executive Victoria Todd said: “This is a special event, which we hope will draw attention to the issue of breast cancer in a remarkable way.”
Those affected by breast cancer can be part of the light show, by sponsoring a light and attaching a personal message, at www.cancerkin.org.uk, or calling on 020 7830 2323.