Saturday, December 11, 2010

Amazing Stained Glass Window!

Last weekend, I saw a story on CBS Sunday Morning, showcasing the completely refurbished Eldridge Street Synagogue and Museum.  This synagogue was originally built in 1887 and is located in lower Manhattan; in the heart of New York's Chinatown. Due to a shrinking congregation, who were unable to maintain it, the worship area was closed in the 1950s and soon fell into disrepair.  It has taken 20 years to refurbish the synagogue to how it looks today.  As part of the renovations, they had a magnificent stained glass window designed by avant-garde artisit Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans. The story on CBS Sunday Morning, highlights the design, construction and installation of this stained glass window and how the design is carried out on to the surrounding wall.  The pictures below don't really capture the true beauty of this piece, so if you have a few minutes, I highly suggest you watch this short video on the process.  

The Synagogue is a National Historic Landmark and after watching this story, I understand why.  
So beautiful!  If I ever get to visit New York, this will be a "must see" for me.  
Photos via The L Magazine & CBS News 

Blessings, Tracy

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