Marks in the Landscape Installation


Liz West (UK)

Location: Ushaw Historic House, Chapels and Gardens, County Durham

With kind permission of Ushaw Historic House, Chapels and Gardens

An energising beacon of luminous colour that radiates across the space it inhabits, the installation creates an intriguing and immersive interplay of coloured shadows.

Hymn to the Big Wheel is an immersive sculptural work exploring the illusion and physicality of colour and natural light in space. Viewers become performers within the work as they move around the inside and outside of the structure exploring the changing optics and colour-ways mixing within the installation. The jewel-like colours create diverse mixes and blends when viewed from different angles from around the installation, as well as producing a sundial effect by casting multi-coloured shadows on the ground.

Originally commissioned by Canary Wharf Group for Summer Lights 2021.



Ushaw House, Chapels and Gardens is an accessible site.

Level access provides wheelchair friendly access to all the buildings including their chapels, tearoom, theatre and exhibition spaces.

The Ornamental Gardens have pathways that are suitable for wheelchairs and other walking aides.

For more information please see the Ushaw, House Chapels and Gardens website.


Getting there: for SatNavs

Use postcode DH7 7DW when navigating with SatNav. This will take you to the main visitor entrance. Some GPS systems will take you to the wrong location when using the postcode DH7 9RH or typing our old name – Ushaw College.



About the artist

Liz West is a British artist who graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2007. West’s broad body of work encompasses site-specific installations, sculpture, and wall-based artwork.

West creates vivid environments that mix luminous colour and radiant light. West aims to provoke a heightened sensory awareness in the viewer through her works. She is interested in exploring how sensory phenomena can invoke psychological and physical responses that tap into our own deeply entrenched relationships to colour.


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