Stained glass has traditionally had its history in churches and other traditional buildings. It gives us an opportunity to see on and through art which uses either non-figurative or figurative images incorporating narratives, concepts and ideas built up by coloured glass and lead.
But in the glass, if we look, we can see reflected the story of the institution who has commissioned it and where it is then installed and the artist. This is true of the recently installed stain glass window in the chapel at Casa Albert.
Hospice Casa Albert is a centre of excellence for palliative care services based in the Bacau region of North East Romania. It is funded by ‘Cry in the Dark’ and their multidisciplinary team provides care to children and young adults with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses and their families – many living in poor and remote rural areas. They visit and offer day care two days a week.
The window has been designed, made and fitted by Linda Baines and depicts Revelation 21:1-4.
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
The window puts into wonderful colours the promise of hope which is given by the staff at Casa Albert and reflects the skill and artistic interpretation of Linda. Take a look.