lso st luke's
commissioner: st luke's centre management company
artist: victor burgin
St Luke's, Old Street, is widely regarded as one of Nicholas Hawksmoor's finest buildings and one of the last churches to be built in the City of London. However during the middle of the 20th century it was declared unsafe and it roof removed, opening the interior to the elements
As part of a major reconstruction project, which transformed the Grade I listed building into a music education and performing arts venue, and home to the London Symphony Orchestra's education programme, artist Victor Burgin was appointed to create a new permanent visual artwork.
Just as architects, Levitt Bernstein Associates integrated baroque architectural forms into a 21st century building design, so Victor Burgin worked 18th century forms into a digital video piece. Projecting video images into a circular window aperture high in the south-west staircase, Burgin has described 'Restored' as a 'video ornament'. The Work, which is inspired by the myth of Orpheus, alludes to the restoration of the church and the restorative power of music.
Images: 'Restored' by Victor Burgin.
Photographs: Richard Davies.