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Video Artist Bill Viola Calls New Piece ‘Mary’ the Hardest Thing He’s Ever Done

This month, video artist Bill Viola’s second religious triptych was installed in London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral. Mary, which depicts various points in the life of the Virgin Mary, was 11 years in the making and serves as a companion piece to Viola’s Martyrs.

“This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” Viola tells Wallpaper of the new piece and calls both works “‘practical objects of traditional contemplation and devotion.”

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