Millennium Window (Martin Donlin)
need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God
will be their light and they will reign for ever and ever"
West Window in St Mary’s is the newest stained glass window in the
church and was installed in 2001 to mark the Millennium. The window was
designed by Martin Donlin and made by him along with staff at the
Department of Architectural Glass at the Swansea Institute.
inspiration for the design is from Revelation, chapter 22, verse 5 –
Christ’s coming and eternity: “They need no light of lamp or sun, for
the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign for ever and
meetings between the artist and the Church Council, one of the concerns
raised was that the amount of light coming into the church should not be
diminished. To avoid this, the artist chose warm colours, reds and
yellows, to represent the light. The colours suggest that something is
about to happen that is not quite here yet, something to look forward to.
The intention is to point us beyond ourselves, to lift people up in hope
and to take us into the mystery of God. A third colour, blue, is
introduced into the window. The idea is to keep the design to a very
limited pallet, but to introduce one simple jewel-like colour in the
centre of the cross. The intention is to make reference to the three
primary colours, the Holy Trinity, and that colour that is symbolic of the
Blessed Virgin Mary.
themes of justice, reconciliation, people, hope, regeneration and renewal
have also inspired the design of the window. A symbolic approach has been
incorporated: the scales of justice, the open hands of reconciliation, the
dove of peace, the tree of life for renewal and regeneration, and the
cross for hope.
glass used in the window is hand made blow flash glass from France. The
glass has a thin layer of red, the flash, on top of a pale yellow body
colour. The glass has been acid etched on the inside surface to remove
parts of the red flash colour, other parts of the glass have been painted
with both black trace and a brown matt wash. The entire window has been
painted with silver stain on the outside in order to achieve a variety of
tones from orange to yellow.
The window is a joint project between St Mary’s Church, the City and County of Swansea, and was made possible with a grant from the Millennium Fund.