the time ever in Great Britain, Saint Paul’s Cathedral hosts
Martyrs (Earth, Air Fire, Water), the first of two huge permanent video
installations created by the famed artists Bill Viola and Kira Perov.
in month, the exhibition shows, across four colour vertical plasma screens, the
personification of the four classical elements, represented by four individuals
while being martyred by earth, air, fire and water.
The elements represent the darkest hour of the martyr’s passage
through death into the light and when they disturb the four
individuals, they remain unchanged.
work lasts for seven minutes and it has no sound.
2015, Martyrs will be joined by another piece named Mary.
have been gifted to Tate by Bill Viola and Kira Perov and are on long-term loan
to St Paul’s