New installation at Cathedral Refectory

New installation in Cathedral Refectory gives customers a reason to reflect.

Salisbury Cathedral’s Refectory restaurant is hosting a brand-new installation by internationally known Wiltshire artist, Bruce Munro.

Confluence, a shimmering display of five large panels, each made up of 240 colourful recycled CDs, was inspired by the Cathedral’s site at the confluence of five rivers.

Each individually coloured 3m x 1.25m panel represents one of the five Salisbury rivers - the Avon and its tributaries the Nadder, Ebble, Wylye and Bourne. For those able to spot it, the letter ‘c’ (the universal symbol for the speed of light) is captured in Morse code, adding to further layer and meaning to the piece.

Confluence was created specifically for the Cathedral Refectory, harnessing the natural light that pours through the restaurant’s glass roof and the reflective surface of the CDs to create the illusion of movement. Just as water reflects and changes as it flows, so the panels acknowledge the changing light, and alter as the viewer moves.

Speaking about Confluence, artist Bruce Munro said: “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.”


Photo by Ash Mills.