I now realize that I am stain glass obsessed! (See Snapshot #3) Not 1970’s hippie stained glass that we still see sometimes in this part of the world, but the modernist architectural-artistic variety that filters light while providing a modern voice in traditional buildings. While running down an art-and-design-rabbit-hole on my computer, I came across this abstracted cross design by the 1994 Turner prize nominee Shirazeh Houshiary and her architect husband Pip Horne for St. Martin In-The-Field in London.
I love the simplicity of the warped grid, which reinterprets traditional religious cross iconography, but is thoroughly modern in the use of opaque and translucent glass in a monochrome pattern. Designed to replace the original stained glass window destroyed in World War 2, this simple insertion contrasts nicely with the 18th century architecture by James Gibbs, a contemporary of John Nash. The effect is strong and poetic.
David Bjørngaard, June 2105
(Snapshot is a Tuesday post series of ideas, art and images that inspire me now)