East Rose Window
This window was designed in a collaboration between the artist Kiki Smith and the architect Deborah Gans. Because of the large individual panels required by the Smith/Gans design, each of the six main panels is about 30 square feet, the traditional stained glass technique used in the origin windows was not an option. Additionally the design called for 2 dissimilar layers of antique glass, so The Gil Studio proposed a lamination technique utilizing a 2 part optically clear silicone in which the 2 layers of art glass are laminated to a base layer of 3/8” thick clear laminated glass. This technique allowed the creation of the window without lead cames between each piece of glass. As Deborah Gans said, “Instead of lines of dark, there are lines of light.”The glass was installed by Femenella & Associates, Inc., who also provided and installed the massive steel frame.