16 — 24 Sept 2023
Architecture / Landscape, Multi-Disciplinary Design
'Halo' is a transcendent light installation nestled within the storied architecture of St. Stephen Walbrook Church. This historic masterpiece, designed by the illustrious Sir Christopher Wren, stands as a symbol of London's resilience and enduring spirit, rising from the ashes of the Great Fire of London in 1666.
'Halo' thoughtfully integrates two complementary layers to create an immersive experience. The first layer features a meticulously designed conical pendulum, carefully embedded with integrated lights. Suspended from the apex of the church, the pendulum traces a celestial-like path around the church's central attraction – the renowned altar. Created by acclaimed artist Henry Moore, this travertine marble masterpiece invites viewers into a shared space of contemplation and admiration. The pendulum's circular motion evokes the eternal movement of celestial bodies, offering a hypnotic spectacle that provokes a meditative state of wonder in viewers. This stately rhythm, captured through long exposure photography, illuminates an ethereal 'Halo.' This celestial apparition, firmly rooted in Christian iconography, fosters a dialogue between contemporary art and enduring spiritual motifs. Further enhancing this celestial theme, the second layer of the installation bathes the grand dome of the church in an otherworldly illumination. Taking cues from natural phenomena such as the aurora borealis and the sun's corona, this element introduces slow-evolving color transitions and motions. The dome's transformative lighting not only amplifies the meditative aura of the space but also breathes new life into it, beckoning a younger audience to explore the spirituality of the setting. 'Halo' invites viewers from all walks of life to immerse themselves in a unified appreciation of history, art and spirituality. It is a captivating journey into the past and an evocative exploration of the celestial, encouraging the modern viewer to find spiritual resonance within the timeless and the ethereal.