Tiffany Stained Glass The American painter and designer, Louis Comfort Tiffany, essentially brought new high quality, high technology stained glass as an art form to the world in the late 1800s. Prior to that time, most of the stained glass used in windows came from Europe, and then only as seconds. European craftsmen kept the […]
Stained Glass Another symbol intended to help prepare us for the great beyond is the stained glass window. Does this come as a surprise? In the mid-1100s, Abbot Suger of the Abbey of St. Denis (the royal abbey of France) believed that the presence of beautiful objects would lift men’s’ souls closer to God. This […]
As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I can’t help but notice that cemeteries live and breathe reminders of lives well spent and just rewards. Besides the ambiance, symbolism is just one of the many things cemeteries offer-perhaps it is the main thing. Take a short tour through some cemeteries as […]
The North Hertfordshire district council has comissioned Michael Howe and his architechture firm, Mae, to design a new ‘flagship’ cemetery at Wilbury Hills, on the edge of Letchworth in the UK.
One might imagine the original architects of the garden cemetery had spring in mind when they laid out such calming and pastoral landscapes. The image ‘Dogwood’ (to the left), taken at Historic Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, would not be nearly as beautiful or serene without the dogwood tree. When garden cemeteries came into being […]