Do your early memories of religious themes include magnificent stained
glass windows? One poetic worshiper has described "shimmering shards of
God's stories casting multicolored rays on the heads of the congregation".
The great cathedrals and chapels of the middle ages were enhanced by superbly
crafted stained glass windows allowing "the Divine light of mystical reality,"
to be... " absolutely known and felt by the senses".
JACK LEE who has worked with stained glass as a hobby for many
years felt challenged to create the Peaceful Spirit emblem as an 18 inch
circle of glass art. "This is not a project for beginners," he warns.
"What you can do on paper you can't always do on glass." Jack's advice:
If you undertake this project, plan very carefully due to the intricacies
of the pattern. The Buddhist Wheel of Dharma was particularly challenging.
Jack used a bead of clear glass at the connecting points of the spokes
and the rim of the wheel. In this design the circular olive branch could
not be rendered in glass.
EVELINE GARNEAU of Signworks Plus added the olive branch, representing
a circle of peace. It was cut from heavy adhesive-backed plastic.
She also added the prayer: "Through time and space, each faith and race,
let there be peace." It is our intention to display the Peaceful Spirit
emblem in all hospitals and nursing homes where patients and staff are
from many cultures and faiths.
Photos by Richard J Milne