Marks in the Landscape New commission Projection


Javier Riera (Spain)

Location: Raby Castle, County Durham

With kind permission of  Lord and Lady Barnard

Medieval meets modern in this series of 3-dimensional abstract projections

Projections magically transform the lakeside façade of Durham’s famous 14th-century fortress.

The Spanish artist Javier Riera, responds to Raby Castle’s unique architecture with a mind-bending and meditative series of geometric shapes that play with and echo its fortress exterior, seeking out the hidden qualities and dimensions of the exterior fabric of the building.



Please note: There is a 10 – 15 minute walk from the parking area to the Castle.

The site is partially accessible.

The car park is situated on grass and from there, access is via a concrete path which takes just under 10 mins to walk. You can then reach the viewing point and just turn around and return the same way to leave vi the path.

The Gardens are situated on a natural slope. Paths are surfaced with gravel and most steps have handrails. Wheelchairs users may need assistance from a strong and able pusher.

The path and surrounding area is adequately lit by festoon lights.



  • Designated parking areas for Blue Badge holders are outside the Castle entrance (during Castle opening times only) and in the Coach Yard outside the Stables Shop and Cafe
  • Admissions staff can direct you to where to park



  • Accessible toilets are located near the Stables Cafe
  • Baby changing facilities are in both accessible and ladies toilets in the Coach Yard
  • There are limited toilet facilities inside the Castle


If you require any further information please contact the Raby Castle Administration Office on 01833 660202.


About Javier Riera

For Riera, geometry is the natural pulse that emanates from everything. In this piece, he explores the inner energy of this silent all-seeing colossus and its relationship with nature.  By making visible the castle’s inner energy through geometrical patterns of light, he aims to transform the way people think about castles and their place in the landscape.

Javier Riera’s work is influenced by the Land Art movement, where ‘time, place, relativity, and experience’ are the key concepts. In 2019, he illuminated a section of Durham’s riverside trees in geometrical light.


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