Soundscape by Sylvain Moreau
Location: Finchale Priory, Framwellgate Moor, County Durham
Finnish artist Kari Kola brings his experience of lighting world heritage sites to Finchale Priory, in this new site-specific commission, inspired by the life of St Godric.
The priory was a 12th-century outpost of Durham Cathedral, built on the site of St Godric’s hermitage and used as holiday retreat for the monks of Durham. Kola was inspired by the story of Godric’s solitary life, and by themes of loneliness, inner strength, patience and peace. Haunting and atmospheric, the work includes a soundscape composed by Sylvain Moreau which references Godric’s music.
Finchale Priory is a partially accessible site.
Parts of the site are uneven and can become muddy. There are some stairs and narrow entrances within the site.
Wheelchair users can enter the site via the main entrance and can view the artwork from the centre of the site and turn around to leave via the main entrance.
About the artist
Kari Kola developed his love of working with light in his native Finland, where the autumns and winters are very long and very dark. His professional career has taken him to many unique places including Villa de Laak, the sacred Saana Mountain and the Stonehenge UNESCO World Heritage site. In 2017, Kola transformed Durham’s riverside landscape into a dreamlike wonderland with a 360-degree installation.