CDSea by Bruce Munro


CDSea by Bruce Munro

Designer Bruce Munro has laid out 600,000 CDs on the grass in a Wiltshire field in the UK.

CD Sea by Bruce Munro

Called CDSea, the installation forms a pattern with a path meandering across it.

CD Sea by Bruce Munro

Munro appealed in the press and local radio for people to donate their unwanted CDs for the project, and 140 people helped to lay out the design over a weekend.

CD Sea by Bruce Munro

The work will stay in place for two months, when the CDs will be recycled.

CD Sea by Bruce Munro

Photographs are by Mark Pickthall.

Here's some more information from Munro:

Bruce Munro installs CDSea at Long Knoll, Wiltshire

Bruce Munro installed his new artwork ‘CDSea’ in a field near Kilmington over the weekend, after his appeal to collect unwanted CDs from the general public netted him 600,000 discs for the installation.

Munro’s ‘CDSea’ is the first of a number of self-funded installations using discarded or recycled materials, planned for Long Knoll Field, which is bisected by a public footpath. “It’s a great public gallery space” says Munro.

CD Sea by Bruce Munro

Over the weekend 140 friends and colleagues, including Kevin McCloud and other celebrities from the design-art world, helped to lay the installation. One family arriving from Frome in Somerset for a day out helping to build the artwork had a young boy with them. He sidled up to Munro and asked, “ Are you the one making the sea?”

CD Sea by Bruce Munro

One man who had already donated 40,000 CDs brought his family and a further 1,000 CDs in the trunk of the car, keen to do all they could to contribute to this unusual artwork. Cider, sausages and sunshine added to the atmosphere. The 10-acre field at Long Knoll is where in 2005 Munro installed a prototype of his installation ‘Field of Light’ which went on to huge acclaim at the Eden Project in Cornwall.

CD Sea by Bruce Munro

In this setting ‘CD Sea’ is on public view for the next two months. Munro conceives it as an inland sea reflecting light from the sun and moon. His assistants Ben and James fashioned the footpath into a meandering shape, following his design.

CD Sea by Bruce Munro

“I was very nervous about it” says Munro. “You never know how something will work out, but now I could not be happier. I’m so grateful to everyone who turned out to help. We had a magical weekend and CDSea looks amazing, like a giant painting on the grass.”

From one side the CDs present a soft blue haze, but with the light ahead, they dazzle like 600,000 mirrors. A photographer was up at 3am on Monday morning to capture the installation in the moonlight. When Munro launched his appeal in the press and BBC Wiltshire radio, urging readers and listeners to send unwanted CDs to his workshop, he didn’t know what to expect. He was overwhelmed by the response as people sent CDs from all over the UK and as far afield as California and Brazil.

CD Sea by Bruce Munro

The catalyst for ‘CDSea’ was Australia, where the quality of the light left a lasting impression on Munro as a young man. The idea came to him one homesick Sunday afternoon on a rocky peninsular at Nielsen Park, Sydney, which had become a meditative spot for Munro. “The light was still strong, like a blanket of shimmering silver light. I had this childish notion that by putting my hand in the sea I was somehow connected to my home in Salcombe, where my father lived.”

“I came away from the beach in a very positive frame of mind” he says. It was the first time he was aware that the “play of light” had transformed his mood and he was astonished that something so familiar had the power to alter his emotional state. “CD Sea” is a reconstruction of this moment, which became a turning point in his life.

CD Sea by Bruce Munro

The grass was mowed at Long Knoll Field to prepare the ‘canvas’, and on Saturday each CD was laid with a stone on it, to prevent wind damage. This proved too time-consuming and so the stone laying was abandoned on Sunday.

CDSea was photographed and shot on HD video by sun and moonlight from a purpose-built tower, from high on Long Knoll hill and from a paraglider. After roughly two months in place the installation will be disbanded and all the CDs sent to a recycling plant in Frome.

See also:


Field of Light
by Bruce Munro
Drop Chandelier
by Stuart Haygarth
The PaperVillain
by The Functionality

Posted on Tuesday June 29th 2010 at 12:30 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Jake

    I hope he’s going to pick them up again!

  • roman kralya

    wowwwwwww!!!!!!!!! Rather cool! I suppose it can be made in every country using withdrew pirated editions!

  • Mario

    I hope they’re all ABBA or Country cd’s.. If there is any Jazz, Classical or electronic music involved..this project will not be tolerated..

  • alex

    I like how it phonetically sounds like CDC (center for disease control)

  • CR

    OuType project:


  • felix

    And then after the two months there’s a second piece of art when you pick up the CDs and have loads of circular patches of dead grass.

  • Simon

    In one of those photos (4th one down) it looks like the result of pouring petrol on water. Not good!

  • bas

    woow that was a lot of work….

  • Wow, talk about a lot of work. The designer must be famous because a lot of people volunteered to help him out and gave out tons of unused CDs. Very impressive.

  • lmg

    very beautiful

  • daich

    Come wtih me to the sea…of CD

  • Chaka

    It's an Andy Goldsworthy for the digital crowd!