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
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