Client: Salisbury Cathedral
Location: Salisbury, United Kingdom
Completion date: 2019
Artwork budget: $35,000
The context of this temporary commission is an important UK medieval cathedral. Salisbury Cathedral, formally known as the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is an Anglican cathedral in Salisbury, England. The cathedral is regarded as one of the leading examples of Early English architecture. Its main body was completed in 38 years, from 1220 to 1258.
The art work brief was to bring a sense of focus and contempation to the main liturgical space of the cathedral. The art work had to totally harmonize with the historical detailing and all the power supply and light programming had to have a invisible footprint.
The collaborative process involved exploring different ways of lighting the glass art works as well as experimenting with UV pigments in the glass that result in a distinct glow of the glass when not directly lit.
The"Reflections" installation was particularly well received by the clergy, attendees of mass, and visitors with frequent comments on the spiritual experience emanating from the lit microcosm of the glass sculptures within the vastness of the cathedral as a living church.