Martyrs by Bill Viola and Kira Perov on long-term show in St Paul’s Cathedral

For the time ever in Great Britain, Saint Pauls 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.


Started 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 martyrs passage through death into the light and when they disturb the four individuals, they remain unchanged.


The work lasts for seven minutes and it has no sound.

In 2015, Martyrs will be joined by another piece named Mary.


Both installations have been gifted to Tate by Bill Viola and Kira Perov and are on long-term loan to St Pauls Church.




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