Luxmuralis at Durham Cathedral

A Touring sound and light sensation comes to the North East for the first time
September 6, 2022

This autumn, Luxmuralis, a touring sound and light installation is transforming Durham Cathedral.

The immersive experience will illuminate the inside of Durham Cathedral every evening from 12-16 October. Visitors will take a journey through earth, sea and sky with dazzling projections on the cathedral’s centuries-old architecture. The installation will bring the natural world to life and give those attending an opportunity to pause and reflect on our responsibility to protect it.

This sound and light projection was created by the artistic collaboration Luxmuralis. Their works have been touring cathedrals in England for several years, but this is the first time their artwork has come to the North East.

Peter Walker at Durham Cathedral

Artist Peter Walker and Composer David Harper are an Artistic collaboration called ‘Luxmuralis’. Through Son-et-Lumiere installation and sound art pieces they transform and reinterpret the sense of place and space creatively helping members of the public to take a physical and emotional journey to identify with the subject and message of the artwork.

Examples of the many reactions and responses from previous art shows:

“Absolutely fantastic, so thought provoking simply beautiful!”

“Just visited the fantastic displays, Truly stunning, thank you”

“Just been to see this, it was fantastic and very moving.”

“I have been to a good number of Luxmuralis events now and they never fail to move me. Using the lofty and beautiful architecture of a Cathedral to tell human stories in light and sound in a place steeped in worship, it feels like a modern form of worship; a new way to connect with and nourish the spiritual self, whether that be in concert with one’s religious beliefs but also not requiring any in particular. It is beautiful, it is moving, it is thought-provoking, it is grounding, it is community-building, it is phenomenal Art.”

What is it and why?

Sound and light art is projected onto architectural features transforming and enveloping the space. Visitors will walk through and view individual light and sound art installations digitally and artistically created by artistic collaboration ‘Luxmuralis’ which highlight the architectural features of the space. Viewers are immersed in the soundscapes they hear and walk through the projections that are all around them on an explorative journey through the artworks.

The artwork ‘Life’ is designed to enable people to explore and contemplate their own personal journeys and reflect upon life on todays planet that occurs in a single 24 hour period. The viewer is taken from Sunrise to Sunset, journeying through the beauty of planet earth, witnessing the sun, the oceans and the clouds. The outside reflected inside the majestic sacred space giving the viewer moments of awe and wonder.

Luxmuralis at St Albans Cathedral

The artwork enables contemplation on our human existence in the creation of our planet and our human impact upon it, reflecting ecology and the beauty of the world around us. The sounds and textures of humanity, extinction and time is portrayed.

Sounds heard are musical pieces composed by David Harper who has used within his works recorded anthropological soundtracks from collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum. The artwork and visual imagery is created by Artist Peter Walker who has interpreted collections from the Natural History Museum Oxford and the William Morris Museum, depicting nature and artistically highlighting the Cathedrals own architectural design features and brings the outside world inside.‍

Tickets can be booked HERE


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