I have vivid dreams of flower fields that seem to stretch on forever back in my childhood. I am also fascinated with fields and hills of grass I see during some of my travels.
But a field of lights? This is the first I have heard of it.
When I saw a friend’s post about the Magical Field of Lights in Nuvali, I was immediately curious. By field of lights, did it mean like a flower field? And, would it really be magical?
Before going to the Magical Field of Lights, I Googled it first and came across fields of light in other countries made by artist Bruce Munro. Check out some samples– they indeed look magical.
And when I went to Nuvali, I wasn’t at all disappointed. The light buds – 5,000 of them standing on a 3,600-square-meter field – are pure magic.
Later, I asked people working in Nuvali if indeed the Magical Field of Lights was inspired by artist Bruce Munro’s light installations. They had conceptualized the field before checking out other fields online. I noted some differences especially in the light bulbs themselves, but both Nuvali’s and Munro’s light installations are dreamlike.
Light buds up close, video taken with permission from Nuvali
The field of lights is magical enough, but there is also a light and sound show that paints colors in the sky above the field. Laser lights form different patterns of color. Fog turns the colors into cotton candy clouds. Below is a clip.
Around the field are also other beautiful light installations of Christmas trees, dandelions, and a 50-meter light tunnel. It feels like a dream passing through it, seeing the arched lights and the Christmas trees outside, and the yellow lights in the arch getting smaller in the distance.
Walking in this tunnel felt like a dream.
What felt most dreamlike for me, though, was going near the light buds and seeing them up close. I saw them flashing like fireflies, but changing in different colors. The ground was damp from the afternoon’s rain, and I could hear crickets. Even as the Christmas music played, the crickets hummed clear in between the notes. The other side of the field felt like half a world away. I could hear children cheering and clapping in delight as laser lights danced in the sky, though. But there, amid the night’s darkness and the field’s light, in the music and cricket call, I felt an unexpected vast space and a deep silence.
Magical symphony with Christmas songs and crickets
This field of lights has beautifully worked its magic on me.
The Magical Field of Lights’ light and sound show run daily until January 8 next year, and every 30 minutes from 6 pm to 10 pm. For my main photos and for practical tips and information, check out my article on Rappler.