Moving stained glass window
In my investigation into the display of stained glass, I was drawn to the work of Bill Viola who has brought the some of the magic of Harry Potter’s wizarding world to stained glass. St. Cuthbert’s Church in Edinburgh (Kirk of the Castle Rock and Princes Street Gardens) is currently home to a video art installation by the American video artist.
James Glossop (2018) – Three Women by Bill Viola, St. Cuthbert’s, Edinburgh
‘Three Women (2008)’ has most recently been on display in the Grand Palais, Paris and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. It forms part of the Edinburgh Art Festival 2018 and is installed until 1st September.
‘Three Women (2008)’ is part of the Transfigurations series. In this work, the mother and her daughters enact a transfiguration when they choose to pass through the threshold of water and briefly enter an illuminated realm.
St. Cuthbert’s is one of two buildings in the UK exhibiting a Viola piece. The other is St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, which houses two permanent video installations ‘Martyrs (2014)’, and its companion piece, ‘Mary (2016)’.
Bill Viola (2008) – Three Women (2008)