2016-118 – Gumenick Chapel Mandala

Gumenick Chapel window
Gumenick Chapel window

This week’s MotD theme: The Color Purple

This spectacular cast glass window resides in the beautiful and stunning Gumenick Chapel in Miami, FL. Architect Kenneth Treister, FAIA, designed the whole chapel, including the windows, in the 1960’s with the intention of designing a “building that would not only enclose a sacred space but also be a genuine work of art. A structure that would, from the moment one enters, lift the human spirit.” – Kenneth

In Kenneth’s very detailed and well-written article about the chapel and its windows, he states:

In stained glass, the glass is thin, cut into shapes and held together by thin beading, relatively easy to create. The Gumenick Chapel’s glass windows, on the other hand, are cast, a difficult process where the molten glass is poured into predetermined forms and the depth of the forms and, therefore, the thickness of the glass, create the varying gradation of color.

From the WorldArchitectureMap.org, a photo of the chapel’s exterior:

Outside view of Gumenick Chapel
Outside view of Gumenick Chapel

The little things protruding from the window structures are glass rods “catching the rays of the Florida sun and then transmitting that radiance along their length to be released on the interior as shining exclamation points within the concave, black epoxy voids.” – Kenneth

Inspiration for Today

Continuing with yesterday’s inspiration, we expand on the idea of sacred space to go beyond just the individual, to include a sacred space for community, a place to gather and share in a spiritual experience together that can also be a beautiful work of art.

Happy Coloring!

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