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.


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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