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Bill Viola at St Paul's Cathedral


Two works of art by one of the world's leading artists installed in an exceptional location

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Bill Viola at St Paul's Cathedral


Two works of art by one of the world's leading artists installed in an exceptional location

A powerful distillation of his decades-long quest to capture the spiritual in the everyday. – The Financial Times

Although situated in an Anglican cathedral, the two works engage with a multi-national, multi-denominational audience, in keeping with a spiritual environment visited annually by millions of people of all faiths and those of none.

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Martyrs


(Earth, Air, Fire, Water), 2014

Martyrs


(Earth, Air, Fire, Water), 2014

We identify on a visceral human level with his protagonists’ trauma. Both their suffering and their epiphany is ours. — The Financial Times

The first of the works to be installed in St Paul's Cathedral was Martyrs in 2014.

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Mary


2016

Mary


2016

A palpable sense of the spiritual – The Telegraph

On 8th September 2016, Martyrs was joined by a second piece, Mary.

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St Paul's Cathedral


London, United Kingdom

St Paul's Cathedral


London, United Kingdom

The two themes of martyrs and Mary symbolise some of the profound mysteries of human existence. One is concerned with birth and the other death; one with comfort and creation, the other with suffering and sacrifice. — Bill Viola

Both works are available to visit in an area of the cathedral designated for contemplation and meditation.

The installations are the first moving-image works to be installed permanently in a cathedral in Britain. They have been gifted to Tate, and are on long-term loan to St Paul’s Cathedral creating a collaboration between the two institutions that face each other across the Thames River.