Monday, September 25, 2006

One Deep Breath-Windows and Doors

particles of glass
combine with artist's vision~
awesome creation

We visited so many cathedrals during our trip to the UK last year, and I was in my own personal glory viewing all the stained glass windows, each centuries old, and each depicting it's own creation story.

But one of my favorite stained glass windows is quite new, and right here in the US - the West Rose Window of Washington's National Cathedral. This contemporary masterpiece is also known as the "Creation" window. An abstract rendering of the beginnings of mankind, it was designed by artist Rowan LeCompte and installed above the west front portal of the Cathedral in 1976. Set ablaze by the rays of the sun, the window is an impressive 25 feet in diameter and contains over 10,500 pieces of clear and colored glass.

Besides its beauty, there's another reason I love this window so much. Our guide told us that the artist was visiting the National Cathedral with his school when he was about 13 years old. During that visit, he became so entranced with the stained glass already in place, he decided then and there that creating art with glass was going to be his life's work. He began studying on his own, and had his first window installed in the National Cathedral just a few years later. Besides the fact that the artist and I share a common name (Rowan is my surname), the teacher in me is just delighted with this story!
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Blogger Crafty Green Poet said...

That's a lovely story and the haiku complements it exactly. Oh and what a beautiful wondow!

Blogger susanlavonne said...

great haiku, great window, great a (no sacriledge intended...) trinity of greatness :-)

Blogger kerrdelune said...

Becca, these are all lovely, the image, the story and the photo. Kudos to you for them!

Blogger Helen said...

I love stained glass windows and this photo is a beauty and a awesome creation with particles of glass. Love you haiku :)

Anonymous Sandy said...

Lovely window and haiku. I always enjoy hearing the story behind the photo.

Blogger jzr said...

Very lovely, Becca ... both the story and the haiku!

Blogger Tammy said...

What a great story! The haiku was a beautiful compliment to that stunning glass window.

Blogger paris parfait said...

Knowing the story behind the creation makes it so much more special. Wonderful haiku!

Blogger Catherine said...

I wondered if we'd get a stained glass window this week, I'm so glad you showed us this one and told the story.

Blogger ian russell said...

lovely haiku, becca.

it's an interesting story, nice to see the windows lit up with the sunshine streaming through.

Anonymous bella said...

That is a super delightful story. I never pay much attention to stained glass, but it is very beautiful. Your picture was great, and so was your haiku.

Blogger Clare said...

i too love stained glass :)
great hiaku.


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