Illumination of the Twin Flame, stained glass window design

The colored ink drawing is a design submitted to a competition for a stained glass window. The site was the Guerneville Regional Library, California. The straight black lines indicate four quarter panels reinforced with bars. The window is high in the southeast. The figures metamorphosing into a butterfly of light represent a couple or parts of the whole self rising above chaos toward the green planet. The jagged orange and turquoise zig-zags bring lightning into the maze of ceiling beams and rigid architecture of the rooms. Above the turbulent colored flow of experience is a cloud of 39 colored light beings (CLBs). These stained, glazed, and painted pieces of glass would each admit a central pinpoint of clear white light. The effect would slightly dazzle the dark reaches of the high ceilings.

When the library was under design, my friend Eula Long, on the board, envisioned a window by me. County officials named her head of a committee to hold a competition instead. Eula saw and heard nothing of my plans or art for the competition. During the judging, a jury member convinced the others that the design had to be abstract, since beams intersected the view from many parts of the library. They didn't see that my design incorporated the beams and would work from any angle. I believe the jury was short-sighted in view of architectural, environmental art. Since I had spent seven years working with Wholeo, the stained glass dome, I was acutely aware of the effect of colored light in space.

This window would have been a masterpiece symbolizing the fullfillment of the 1960s urge to get high, in ascension of the whole self and spiritual development. The shared breastbone prism was to cast a large spectrum of rainbow-colored light that would sweep across the interior during a day. The intense colors would have brightend the dark rainy Northern California winters, lightened the burden of the flooding Russian River, and cheered the entire interior of the library. The 39 clear peepholes would have sparkled souls.

Henry Polard owns the original art, which has lost its color.

The inspiration and impetus and the design moves on. See links to the evolution.

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