A few months ago, I embarked on a “Solo Mom Weekend Vacation” up to Los Alamos, California (you can read more about my weekend trip to Los Alamos here) and I decided to make the extra drive up to Paso Robles one night to experience Bruce Munro’s Field of Light at Sensorio before it leaves on June 30, 2020. Field of Light at Sensorio is essentially a walk-through art installation mimicking a superbloom of wildflowers, but at night, utilizing over 58,800 fiber optic stemmed solar-powered spheres! If you happen to be anywhere within driving distance near Paso Robles, California anytime before it is over in June of 2020, I highly recommend a visit!
If you go, I recommend arriving when they first open the gates so you’ll have time to grab some food, a glass of wine, and enjoy the live music while watching the sunset and the transition of the white orbs into a glowing field of colorful “flowers.”
As we entered the grounds, the guides informed us that it took twenty volunteers five weeks to install the 58,800 plus lights and 326 miles of optical fiber! Wow! Here’s a close up of the solar-powered, stemmed orbs.
I very much enjoyed my glass of wine while peacefully watching the setting sun.
And then all the little lights started popping on!
And as the sun dipped further and further below the horizon, the colors became more and more vibrant! It was truly a magical experience!
After the sun set, I walked the half mile outer trail through the art installation to experience it from different angles. There are benches set up throughout the installation so you can sit and experience the view for a few seconds or for as long as you’d like.
The lights gradually change color which makes it look like an undulating field of wild flowers!
I also loved seeing the optical fibers all lit up snaking their way to each of the 58,800 orbs!
Here’s a few more photos of my experience:
Again, try to arrive early and experience the sunset and the transition of the lights as they come on. Plan to grab dinner, drinks, and enjoy the live music.
I visited Field of Light in the summertime, so I didn’t bring a jacket, but I went again, I would definitely check the weather and dress in layers.
Also, be sure to wear comfortable shoes. The outer trail is only a half mile long, but I took several laps as I experienced the lights from different angles.
Field of Light at Sensorio runs through June 30, 2020. Entrance times vary though out the year based on the time of sunset. Adult general admission tickets start at $27. For more information, I recommend visiting the official Field of Light website.