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Art Advent Calendar – 2

Modern Stained Glass Window, Kölner Dom

Modern stained glass, Koln DomPhoto of Southern Transept window in Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral). The Cathdral also has an Advent Calendar. You can access it here. The original window that was in the South Transept was destroyed during WWII. The modern window (reglazed in 2007) was based on a design by Gerhard Richter. If you want to learn more about it and see better photos of other windows from the cathedral, visit the Kölner Dom website.

 

Getting ready for Easter

Getting ready for Easter

Lots of singing (not for Easter or Palm Sunday exactly), but I was in church, anticipating a short drive to see family. The location really looked like the inside of an Easter diorama. A Byzantine sugar egg diorama, like something out of a 1940s or 1950s illustration. This picture, unfortunately only taken with a cell phone. Glorious location. I just wanted to get on a ladder to see the stenciling more closely (stencils all around the arches of the windows, in the arches on the vaulted ceiling, in the half dome above the mosaic cross). Lots of Byzantine/Victorian Moorish style architecture in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. I’ve seen more of it in Scranton, PA. I’m not sure about further in the east coast of the USA or if it spread out to the midwest at least. I’ve seen a couple of synagogues and temples further south that seem to have caught the trend too. It would be interesting to know if it was because of literature from the time, or maybe a World Fair, or travels to England.

Elements: Air

Walking through an artscape airport.

There are better times to visit Indiana than a heatwave in summer (Autumn is lovely, so is spring, and when the Indiana State Fair is going on, I don’t care about the weather). The air is hot and heavy, filled with water.

However, family trumps weather sometimes, and I did manage to see some interesting things besides driving back and forth to Indianapolis. Some of the cattle farms I remember have now turned to horse farms, and the towns have stayed much the same if a little emptier from loss of automobile manufacturers. If I had time, I’d go back to Indianapolis, go to the museums, and check out the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

 Indianapolis Airport is different from what I remember from childhood (different place, even). And what is truly wonderful is the effort that has been made to introduce art into the airport. Feather images have been brushed onto divider windows. “Stained” art has been installed in exterior windows. It’s all rather like walking through a fairytale of blocks of yellow, red, and purple. The art is called “Streaming”. It’s from the Indiana Windows project from 2007 done by Martin Donlin. He’s managed to take the airiness of the airport and capture it with acid-etched and airbrushed hand-blown glass. I saw at least three of the larger stained glass pieces in the wing of the airport I was in.


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