Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Bill Viola Unveils Final Video Work for London Cathedral

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Bill Viola's Mother Mary & Child. Bill Viola said: “Mary is a universal female figure present in nearly all spiritual and religious traditions.”
UNITED KINGDOM---The second permanent large-scale video installation created for St Paul’s Cathedral by the internationally acclaimed artist Bill Viola, has been inaugurated in the North Quire Aisle of the cathedral to coincide with the Feast of Mary. "Mary" and "The Martyrs" are the first moving-image artworks to be installed in a cathedral in Britain on a long-term basis. Mary has roots in both Eastern and Western art and spiritual traditions. Bill Viola said: “Mary is a universal female figure present in nearly all spiritual and religious traditions. She maintains an infinite capacity to absorb and relieve the pain and suffering of all who come to her. She is the personification of the feminine principle, related to ideas of creativity, procreation, inner strength, love, and compassion.” [link]
Mary and Martyrs are installed on metal stands to ensure the works are in sympathy with the existing architecture of Sir Christopher Wren’s masterwork.
Bill Viola, Mary, 2016. Video triptych. Executive producer Kira Perov. Courtesy: Blain/Southern.Photo: Peter Mallet.