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NEW COMMISSIONS IN STAINED GLASS – Glass and Light
Glass changes in the light by day or night, summer or winter or morning until evening, so the designer has to understand the way that light passes through the window and the direction in relation to the sun, and work with the inner space and the outer environment.
In a place of worship or sacred space the window, although bringing colour and beauty to a building, is not merely decorative but needs to convey meaning and inspire the heart and mind. From days when a stained glass window was a literal story book to convey the Christian message and teach the tenets of the faith, it continues now in the present day as a focus for worship and education, but most often subjects are portrayed in a more contemporary and sometimes quite abstract form.
A new stained glass commission should invite the viewer to create their own relationship with the images and colour, to respond to the mood and form their own very personal relationship with the work.
The window illustrates part of the 23rd Psalm
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me”.
‘Poppy’ Remembrance Window, St John’s School Chapel, Leatherhead Surrey
St John’s School Chapel, west window, Leatherhead, Surrey ~ 2014
This contemporary stained glass window is in memory of all those who gave their lives on the centenary of the beginning of the Great War in 1914, and in particular remembrance of the old pupils of St John's School who bravely served their country in this time of need.
Poppies of blood red rise and swirl above the cornfield into the vast blue sky, paling to white as they rise up towards the apex of the window, a symbol of peace, healing and redemption.