Writ in Water, a major architectural artwork by Mark Wallinger, in collaboration with Studio Octopi, was commissioned by National Trust and produced by Situations and opened in 2018. It provides an immersive space for contemplation and reflection at Runnymede, Surrey.
Writ in Water is open seven days a week and is free to enter.
Over 800 years ago, Runnymede witnessed the feudal barons forcing King John to seal Magna Carta – a founding moment in shaping the basis of common law across the world. Writ in Water celebrates the enduring significance of Magna Carta.
Set in the heart of this ancient landscape, Writ in Water reflects upon the founding principles of democracy, and through a meeting of water, sky and light, provides visitors with a space for reflection and contemplation.
Mark Wallinger has drawn inspiration from Clause 39 of Magna Carta and the fundamental principles of justice it embodies.
Location and accessibility
Writ in Water is located at Runnymede, Windsor Road, near Old Windsor, Surrey, SL4 2JL (SatNav: TW20 0AE). Please visit National Trust for full details of how to get there. The site is open 7 days a week, night and day. The car park opening times can be found on the National Trust website.
There is level access to the site from the car park across grass which is wheelchair accessible.
Writ in Water was made possible through the generous support of Arts Council England, Art Fund, The Sigrid Rausing Trust, Henry Moore Foundation and Lord and Lady Lupton, with additional support from Iwan and Manuela Wirth and Valeria and Rudolf Maag-Arrigoni.