by VisArts volunteer, Nicole Long
1.) Stained Glass World Map Dome
The Mapparium is a three-story tall stained glass globe designed by architect, Chester Lindsay Churchill. The purpose of the dome is to allow the countries of the world to be viewed in accurate geographical relationship to each other. The spherical surface also reflects sound and forms a whispering gallery so that visitors standing at opposite ends of the bridge can speak to each other as if they were whispering in one’s ear.
Location: The Christian Science Center in Boston
2.) Stained Glass Windows of Grossmünster Cathedral
The stained glass windows of the Grossmünster Cathederal contain slices of agate stone rather than actual glass. Although these geode slices have been enhanced with pigments through artificial coloration, the effect is nonetheless striking. These unique windows were designed by Sigmar Polke and whose stones were attached to one another using strips of lead.
3.) Sunburst Stained Glass
This semi-circular stained glass skylight is located over the meeting place of council members from Buffalo, New York City Hall. The window represents a glass sun, radiating its splendor in golden shafts across a blue paned window. Due to the use of prismatic glass, the lighting from this stained glass piece is diffused in such a way that no shadow is thrown anywhere in the room.
Location: Buffalo, New York City Hall
4.) Sainte Chapelle Stained Glass
La Sainte-Chapelle is a Gothic chapel in the heart of Paris, France. The chapel windows are a prime example of the phase of Gothic architectural style called Rayonnant. The window’s deep red and blue shades are visually stunning and considered the best of their type in the world! The windows are also complimented by the surrounding, delicately painted stonework.
Location: Paris, France
5.) The Jefferson Hotel Stained Glass Ceiling
This amazing Tiffany stained glass is a piece that can be found right here in Richmond! It is in fact the skylight located at the Jefferson Hotel. During the day the light floods in and illuminates all of the colors included in the stained glass dome.
Location: Richmond, Virginia