Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Why stained glass works in sacred and secular spaces [photos]

By Kelsey Dallas/Deseret News via AP
Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland, left, and Tom and Gayle Holdman look at the progress of "The Roots of Knowledge" at Holdman Studios in Lehi, Utah. The 80-panel stained-glass project recently was at the UVU Library. (Laura Seitz/The Deseret News via AP) Photo by Laura Seitz
In many communities, stained-glass windows are a comforting sight, even for those who aren't members of the particular church. They're often a longstanding image of a neighborhood, both permanent and ever-changing. They can't be easily moved from their frame or rearranged, but shifting sunbeams affect what each new admirer sees. Utah Valley University joined this secular stained glass movement, which often draws on storytelling techniques associated with religious displays. Officials recently unveiled an 80-panel stained glass project along the front of the university's campus library. Exhibits like "Roots of Knowledge" honor the rich history of stained glass artwork. [link]