Sweeping stained glass design communicates a sense of calm and peacefulness, along with respectful celebration. Flowing lines suggest a spirit moving, a "resurrection atmosphere" guiding the eye heavenward from the altar and cross. Using colors from nature lends a soothing ambiance to the sanctuary. Keeping the glass selection light creates an open, airy feel. The handmade German glass has a slight texture that softens the busyness of the outside world, while retaining a sense of that which is beyond. Because the glass is mouth blown, it shades gently within each piece, lending a visual richness to the window.
The Kessler originally created a set of stained glass window in 1991 for the old sanctuary. When the congregation outgrew that space, the Kesslers were asked to incorporate as much of the old work as possible into a new, much larger window. The Kesslers managed to use just about all the old panels (which make up about 50% of the new, 215 square foot monumental window), often cutting them into sections, turning and flipping them as needed. The design reflects the flowing roof lines that draw the eye towards the altar, and frames a hanging cross.
Aside from the usual practice of engaging the architect and church leaders in design discussions to ensure unity and integration with the overall interior space and liturgy, the Kesslers also received much assistance from the architect on figuring out ways to reuse the old windows in the new design.
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