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Video Artist Bill Viola Adds a Permanent Piece Depicting Mary in St. Paul’s Cathedral

This September, video artist Bill Viola will be unveiling his second permanent installation in London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Entitled Mary, the video depicts Mary carrying the body of Christ and is an accompaniment to his other piece, Martyrs

“The two themes of Mary and Martyrs symbolize some of the profound mysteries of human existence,” Viola tells The Guardian. “One is concerned with birth and the other death; one with comfort and creation, the other with suffering and sacrifice. If I am successful, the final pieces will function both as aesthetic objects of contemporary art and as practical objects of traditional contemplation and devotion.”

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