Thursday, August 2, 2012
Icelandic Stained glass by Gerður Helgadóttir
Too much church stained glass copies a kind of vague European-ish style, and ends up feeling as inauthentic as tract developments of supposed 'chateaus' and 'villas'. But these works, by artist Gerður Helgadóttir (1928-1975) beautifully reflect their Icelandic heritage and place.
Gerður is best known for filling in the arches of Iceland's innovative Kópavogskirkju, built 1958-1962 by Ragnar Emilsson and state architect Hörður Bjarnason in a traditional cross shape, but with parabolic rather than rectangular sections.
stained glass images via art-iceland
church image by Vignir Már