Stunning ‘Luxmuralis’ will light up Durham Cathedral this autumn


Luxmuralis is a traveling sound and light installation that will temporarily transform Durham Cathedral. Visitors will take a journey between land, sea and sky with dazzling projections of the cathedral’s centuries-old architecture.

Thousands of people flock every two years to see Lumiere illuminate the exterior of the cathedral, but the festival won’t return until 2023.

Instead, Luxmuralis will bring the natural world to life and give people the opportunity to “stop and reflect on our responsibility to protect it”.

Luxmuralis arrives at Durham Cathedral.

The project stems from a collaboration between composer David Harper and artist Peter Walker, who interpreted collections from the Natural History Museum in Oxford and the William Morris Museum in London, depicting nature and showcasing architectural design. of the cathedral.

Visitors to the cathedral will walk around and view individual light and sound art installations digitally and artistically. Viewers are immersed in the soundscapes they hear and navigate the projections around them.

The viewer is taken from sunrise to sunset through the beauty of planet Earth, witness to the sun, oceans and clouds. Sounds and images of “humanity, extinction and time” are shown.

Previous exhibitions at St Albans Cathedral in Hertforshire have drawn high praise from the public.

The interior of Durham Cathedral will be temporarily transformed.

A visitor said: “I have attended quite a few Luxmuralis events and they never fail to move me.

“Using the tall and beautiful architecture of a cathedral to tell human stories in light and sound in a place steeped in worship feels like a modern form of worship; a new way to connect and nurture the spiritual self, whether in concert with one’s religious beliefs but also without requiring any in particular.

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“It’s beautiful, it’s moving, it’s empowering, it’s grounded, it’s community-building, it’s phenomenal art.”

Luxmuralis takes place at Durham Cathedral from Wednesday October to Sunday October, from 6.45pm to 9pm.

Tickets cost £8 for an adult, £5 for children under 18 and £5 for wheelchair users and visitors with reduced mobility. Accompanying persons and children under three years old can enter for free. Tickets can be booked at


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