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Bill Viola video installation finds permanent home at St. Paul's cathedral

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 01:30

May 22 - 'Martyrs', the first of two large-scale permanent video installations created by internationally acclaimed artist Bill Viola, is inaugurated in St Paul's Cathedral. Tara Cleary reports.

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St. Paul's Cathedral in London is playing host to a strikingly modern altar piece - American artist, Bill Viola's video installation called 'Martyrs'. SOUNDBITE: Bill Viola, artist, saying (English): "We're trying to slow people down. The world has gotten too fast, literally. I mean it is now really I believe out of control." The work comprises a multi-screen display showing four individuals, the 'martyrs', passing through their final moments - their demise caused by the four elements of nature: earth, wind, fire and water. Viola's partner and collaborator, Kira Perov says that although 'Martyrs' is permanently installed in an Anglican house of worship, it's meant for a diverse audience. SOUNDBITE: Kira Perov, Viola's partner and collaborator, saying (English): "It's really something where the forces of nature take over and the force of nature is also death and so that's how we wanted to portray the final moments basically of dying." While traditional Christian artwork dominates the interior of the cathedral, Viola believes 'Martyrs' fits right in. SOUNDBITE: Bill Viola, artist, saying (English): "All art is contemporary art. I mean you could go back to the ancient world and you find this. People just need to make images. They need to make sounds, they need to create." Viola's installation, which took ten years to make, is on a long term loan from Britain's Tate Modern gallery.

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Bill Viola video installation finds permanent home at St. Paul's cathedral

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 01:30