Wind

Submitted by Arthur Stern

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Client: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Location: Menlo Park, USA

Completion date: 2005

Artwork budget: $75,000

Project Team

Artist

Arthur Stern

Client

Marnie Foody

Keystone Project Management

Overview

A small Meditation Chapel with a labyrinth in the floor was added to this Church. A series of 3 windows depicting earth, wind, water and fire was requested. The large window “Wind” is an abstraction for Holy Spirit, “Fire” is for eternal light, and “New Growth” is for resurrection. The Chapel is used for intimate services, and small weddings, as well as meditation.

Goals

It was important to retain an insular private feeling for the Meditation Chapel. I selected a palette of hand blown clear textured glass, starting at the bottom with water glass, providing the most distortion of the outside, and varying the textures to allow more vista as you look higher through the windows. This combined with various colors of hand blown glass created privacy within.

Process

I worked with a committee from the Church along with a representative from the Architects, and at first a liturgical consultant. The committee from the Church was one of the best I have ever encountered, and had the vision and understanding of my designs, to allow for a very creative and Contemporary solution of their window project to be realized.

Additional Information

This project earned an International Design Award, and awards from the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture, as well as the American Institute of Architects. It has been widely published in both books and magazines.