Wednesday, April 2, 2014

New on YouTube - Sunday at the Met: Radiant Light: Stained Glass from Canterbury Cathedral

A long YouTube video related to the exhibition at the Cloisters, Radiant Light. I am not including the embedded video, because it plays terribly in blogger.
link to video -
Sunday at the Met: Radiant Light: Stained Glass from Canterbury Cathedral
The speakers and subjects include -
Intros by Timothy B. Husband, Curator, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Canterbury Pilgrims, talk by The Very Reverend Dr. Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury Cathedral
Age Old Splendor—Splendor's Old Age: Preserving Canterbury Cathedral's Medieval Stained Glass, talk by LĂ©onie Seliger, Director of Stained Glass Canterbury Cathedral. If you are only interested in the stained glass part, it goes from 0:45:30 - 1:17:00.
A Reading from The Canterbury Tale, Tom Lee, Storyteller



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Robert Harmon Windows in Danger of Demolition [Updated - demolished]

About 18 months ago I heard about a set of stained glass windows in St. Louis that were set for possible demolition, but there seemed to be hope that a way would be found to save the building, either through building somewhere else, or adding on to the existing building. Destroying a perfectly sound building seemed beyond comprehension.

It turns out that this building is now marked for demolition soon, perhaps as early as May 2014, just 2 months away. Article from yesterday - Library lovers make plea to save two St. Louis County branches, stltoday.com, March 18, 2014, by Leah Thorsen

Andrew Raimist gives the best case for preservation of the building on his blog architectural ruminations - Demolishing Lewis & Clark Library Would be Cultural Vandalism

My general sense of the situation is that there is not much hope, though there is a petition up for saving the building - http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/save-lewis-and-clark

One truly unique feature of the windows at the Lewis & Clark Library - the artwork is readable from both the exterior and interior. Mural and stained glass in one. Most people outside of the stained glass profession would not recognize this as highly unusual, but it is, and it is very much worth preserving.



Typical stained glass window where the exterior is effectively a black wall.
Faith Salem United Church of Christ
7348 W. Florrisant Avenue, Jennings - North County -
Architect: Frederick Dunn - Date: 1954
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Whereas, in the Lewis and Clark Library windows there is a concerted attempt to make the windows both interior viewed stained glass and exterior viewed mural.


Flickr Set - my images of Lewis & Clark Library from 2012

below the fold - links galore about the Lewis & Clark Library

Saturday, January 18, 2014

AGGnews v4.4 on MagCloud

AGGnews v4.4
16 pages, published 1/5/2014
A look forward to the 2014 American Glass Guild Conference in Bryn Athyn, PA.
As a for last issue, v4_2-3,  it's now available to download as a pdf.