Old CDs bring new light to Salisbury Cathedral

Old CDs bring new light to Salisbury Cathedral

Published at 6:19am 29th May 2019.

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240 recycled discs have been strung up in the refectory there as part of a new art installation (pictures by Ash Mills).

'Confluence' has been created by Wiltshire artist Bruce Munro and is a 'shimmering display of five large panels' within the Cathedral's restaurant.

It's taking influence from Salisbury's five rivers - the Avon, Bourne, Ebble, Nadder and Wylye.

Salisbury Cathedral Confluence May 2019
Confluence is made up of 240 hanging recycled CDs (photo from Ash Mills)

The hung-up CDs also show the letter 'C' in Morse code, as the letter is also the universal symbol for the speed of light.

Bruce Munro explains more about what it's all about:

"The piece is designed to evoke a sense of light on moving water, using the reflective properties of the humble CD. They are extraordinary objects both because of the optical effect produced when they encounter light, and the information written into them. They are one of those everyday objects that go unnoticed, whilst being intrinsically very beautiful and expressive."

Salisbury Cathedral Confluence May 2019
The hanging discs are positioned so the light coming through the glass roof above will make some brilliant reflections (picture from Ash Mills)

It's a unique piece of art that's been curated by Salisbury Cathedral, specifically for the space.

This is also not the first time the Bruce has used CDs as an inspiration.

In June 2010, he created an inland sea on a field in Wiltshire, using 600,000 recycled compact discs.

Salisbury Cathedral Confluence May 2019
Confluence has been specially commissioned for Salisbury Cathedral (picture from Ash Mills)
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