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Geometrical Traces

Javier Riera (Spain)

Location: River Wear

Best viewed from Prebends Bridge

Durham’s riverside foliage illuminated in geometrical light.

The connection between geometry and nature inspired this mesmerising new artwork. The projection illuminates the trees on the banks of the River Wear with computer-generated patterns, created using the Fibonacci Sequence and other mathematical patterns found in the natural world. Javier Riera views geometry as a language capable of describing the veiled rhythm of nature. This artwork aims to create a deeper connection between the audience and the natural environment, highlighting hidden locations and drawing attention to the many layers that make up our world. Look out over the Wear and feel the energy of Durham’s landscape by night.

Geometrical Traces is a static projection that changes slowly every three minutes on a loop.

About Javier Riera

Born in Avilés (Asturias), Javier Riera studied Fine Arts in Salamanca completing his training with the Contemporary Art Workshops of El Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid (Spain). His career focused on painting until 2008, when he exhibited photographs of intervened landscapes for the first time on the occasion of his exhibition at the Reina Sofía National Museum and Art Center.

Javier Riera uses photography as a means of registration, without computer manipulation of any kind. His work is based on an experience of real intervention on “the space and time of the landscape”, which brings him closer to the proposals of Land Art. The relationship between geometry and nature thus acquires a meditative character, appealing to the coexistence of the public with the power of suggestion of the modification of the landscape to which they attend, which aspires to broaden their perception by laying bridges towards hidden qualities and dimensions in the spaces where it takes place. Riera understands geometry as a natural language prior to matter, able to establish with it a kind of subtle and revealing resonance.

Accessibility information

Prebends bridge is an even tarmac surface with wide adequate width pavements to each sides.

South Bailey to Prebends’ Bridge is a tarmac road with some cobbled areas. There is a kerbed path on one side, the path is narrow in places.

There is a steep decline onto Prebends’ Bridge from South Bailey. The surface is mainly tarmac with cobbles to the side on the approach.

On the other side of the bridge there is a very steep incline with access onto Quarryheads Lane, this area is not well lit.

Artwork description: Static projection.

PLEASE NOTE: While you are welcome to photograph this installations for personal use, please note that the artist retains all imagery rights. Commercial use of installation photography and film is strictly prohibited.

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