Sensorio Project: Light display to open May 19 at Airport and Dry Creek roads

UK-based artist Bruce Munro is spearheading a fiber-optic light display outside of Paso Robles. (Contributed photo)

The Sensorio Project, a 380-acre experiential event and exhibit center currently under construction off of Highway 46 East out of Paso Robles is getting ready for their first major interactive exhibit in May.

Approved by the City last year, the envisioned complex offering a 200-room hotel, guest cottages and a convention center provided a unique alternative to the golf course previously planned for the site. Beginning construction in August 2018 an outdoor garden adventure park merging art and science was proposed by Ken Hunter, co-owner of nearby Hunter Ranch Golf Course.

The first phase, set to open in May 2019 at Airport and Dry Creek roads, will be temporary, covering 15-acres in fiber optic illumination, a concept spearheaded by sculptural composition artist Bruce Munro.

The UK-based artist has created a design to cover a slice of the Sensorio property’s rolling hills; which are wine country trademark. With “over 58,800 stemmed spheres lit by fiber-optics,” the display will subtly shift color over the evening and into the night.

Munro’s European and Australian exhibits have been met with great success and a public relations agent for Sensorio said that Hunter reached out to the artist, feeling that Munro’s body of work was a perfect fit for the site. This would be the first installation of its size following closely on the heels of an installation premiere in Saratoga.

While the exhibit is expected to be open May 19 and stay up through Jan. 5, 2020, when it will need to be removed in order for more permanent buildings, putting the installation together will take more than a month.

And they’ll be needing a lot of help. Local volunteers are being solicited starting April 9, through May 15 to put the fiber optics together and install them at the direction of four site managers. Shifts run from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

In lieu of hourly wages which would prove costly for the 15 laborers needed per day, if a volunteer registers for three or more shifts they will receive two invitations to the Friends and Family Events on May 17 and four additional passes to use anytime while Sensorio is open.

The project will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from around sunset till 11 p.m. Tickets will be cost $27 to $30.        

For more information, visit or call 805-226-4287.


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