St Paul's Cathedral - Bill Viola: Mary. A video installation

Mary, the second permanent large-scale video installation for St Paul’s Cathedral created by the internationally acclaimed artist Bill Viola, opened to the public on 9 September 2016 to coincide with the Feast of Mary. Mary has been conceived as a companion piece to Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) which was unveiled in the South Quire Aisle of the cathedral in 2014. These installations are the first moving-image artworks to be installed in a cathedral in Britain on a long-term basis.
Bill Viola said: ‘The two themes of Mary and Martyrs 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. If I am successful, the final pieces will function both as aesthetic objects of contemporary art and as practical objects of traditional contemplation and devotion.’
Bill Viola, Mary, 2016. Photograph: Peter Mallet
Bill Viola, Mary, installation view St Paul's Cathedral, 2016, video triptych; Executive Producer, Kira Perov; Courtesy BlainSouthern, Photo Peter Mallet.
Bill Viola, Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water), 2014. Photograph: Peter Mallet
The exhibition will be on view until January 8, 2017 - See more at:
The exhibition will be on view until January 8, 2017


The exhibition will be on view until January 8, 2017 - See more at:
St Paul's Cathedral, London, designed by  Sir Christopher Wren, is an Anglican cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of London and the mother church of the Diocese of London. The original church on this site was founded in AD 604.

St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD (see map below)
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Sightseeing hours: Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 4.30pm. On Sunday the Cathedral is open for worship only.

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