Did any of you ever get the chance to visit the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows before it closed? It was located inside the building complex of the Navy Pier in Chicago.
(photo credit to Chuck Berman from the Chicago Tribune article unless otherwise noted)
Carpenter Liam Stewart works on an installation.
It was amazing. I'm sad I'll never get to take my daughters there. On a hot summer day in Chicago, what better place to escape to than the dark, cool interior of a stained glass museum?
It was such a treat to stroll through these darkened halls, with all the brilliant glass backlit.
Check out this unusual technique by the Tiffany studio in the video below.
The image goes from black outlines to fully lit color. It's beautiful! How magical this must have seemed in a church with the sun beaming through. I wonder where it is now?
(video from Norris Mei on YouTube)
I did a post a few years ago on the museum if you want to see some more of my photos here. Photos simply can't capture the majesty of the dark halls, with radiant shards of light shining out at you.
I hope these works of art find a fitting home some day. It would be a shame for the public to lose them.